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It is important to make sure that secret accounts analyzed by investigative firms are indeed ones used by the subjects, and that there are no account mix-ups. If there is a mistake, it could significantly affect the student’s life.

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Hisamichi Okamura, a member of the Osaka Bar Association who is well versed in the protection of personal information. Some companies are being paid to dig up the secret social media history of job seekers before interviews. Read

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We believe that accidents have increased this year because of the fine weather we had on many holidays and a growing number of people who are enjoying recreational activities in less-crowded situations.

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A representative of the 7th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters in Kitakyushu. The Japan Coast Guard is calling for people to be more cautious, following a rash of accidents in Kyushu and Okinawa prefectures that involved personal watercraft. Read

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How late will restaurants be allowed to stay open? Everything depends on that - hiring people, ordering supplies.

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Shigenori Ishii, an official at the Japan Food Service Association, a 75,000-member strong industry group. Businesses, wary of another pandemic wave through winter, are not rehiring laid-off staff or ordering more supplies until they know more about what the reopening scheme will look like and how long they can stay… Read

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We will consider fully lifting requests for shorter operating hours unless new infection cases increase again. From November, people will possibly be able to live their lives with no coronavirus-related restrictions in place.

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Japanese economic revitalization minister Daishiro Yamagiwa, indicating that administrative authorities' requests for restaurants and bars to cut operating hours amid the novel coronavirus crisis may be entirely removed in November. Read

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The dissolution of the Lower House was earlier than expected. Although our craftspeople are working even on weekends, we're at an every-second-counts situation.

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Masanori Iida, an adviser to Iida Corp in Daito, Osaka Prefecture, which leases campaign cars for elections from across the country. With the Oct 31 House of Representatives election coming up, companies providing campaign vehicles, microphones, speakers and other related items are busy dealing with a flood of orders. Read

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First and foremost, politicians must abandon the unrealistic and optimistic premise of Abenomics that Japan can cure all ills just by reflating nominal growth.

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Shigeto Nagai, an economist at Oxford Economics. He says that the Japanese government offering shot-term tax breaks likely will not convince firms to raise wages, calling instead for reforms in areas such as Japan's rigid labor system. Read

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I couldn’t care less about the worst ranking. I would like local residents to be proud of Ibaraki and speak out about its wonderfulness.

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Ibaraki Governor Kazuhiko Oigawa, shrugging off a recent survey by the Brand Research Institute that ranked his prefecture as the least attractive in all of Japan. Read

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An integrated resort (IR) would greatly contribute to the local economy by attracting many visitors because it will comprise not only casinos but conference halls and hotels.

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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida touting the significance of proposed casino-featuring integrated resorts in promoting the country's tourism, even though Takeharu Yamanaka won the mayoral election in Yokohama by pledging to scrap the program to build a casino resort in the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture. Read

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I made an inappropriate remark. I retract the remark and offer an apology to all family members of the abduction victims as well as related people.

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Opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDP) lower house member Yukio Ubukata, apologizing after he incurred the wrath of the families of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea for saying he thought none of the abductees are alive. Read

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There has been no change even after the law to promote efforts to prevent school bullying was established in 2013 after my son's suicide.

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The father of a 13-year-old boy who killed himself in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, in 2011 after being bullied at junior high school, calling for a law revision to eradicate school bullying. Over the past decade, he has engaged in activities in many places to support families of people who committed suicide… Read

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