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We raised lift ticket prices by 200 yen per adult but we can't suddenly increase it by 1,000 or 2,000 yen. We can't cover all the fuel and power bill cost increases so it’s difficult.

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Shigehiko Yoshida, manager of the Ani Ski resort in the northern prefecture of Akita. Ski resorts in Japan are struggling with surging energy costs as they often use vast amounts of electricity to run chairlifts and fuel for the giant snowcats that groom slopes. Read

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We'd never expected that the box would be stolen. We're sorry for failing to deliver the support provided by residents.

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A spokesperson for the Oi town office in Kanagawa Prefecture, referring to the theft in December of a donation box to raise funds for Ukrainians that had been set up at a town hall. It had been collecting monetary donations since last August. Read

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The role of experts is presenting proposals. Politicians should first fully comprehend our proposals and then decide on measures by taking into account what impact the proposals will have on society and the economy.

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Shigeru Omi, the head of an expert panel advising the government on policy responses since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, complaining that all three administrations he worked with (headed by Shinzo Abe, Yoshihide Suga and Fumio Kishida) were prone at times to drawing up antivirus measures without consulting specialists of contagious diseases. Read

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We want people to thoroughly check product manuals and trash separation rules set by local governments when they dispose of the items, instead of making their own judgements.

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A Tokyo Fire Department spokesperson, urging residents to appropriately dispose of lithium-ion batteries and spray cans following a series of fires in the capital. Read

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The larger the family, the higher expenses are. We believe that making employees feel secure will help increase their motivation to work.

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A spokesperson for Kobe-based Kenmin Foods Co, which gave its staff an allowance, the amount of which was determined by the size of the employee’s household. With the prices of daily commodities surging in Japan, a growing number of companies are paying inflation allowances to employees to support their daily… Read

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There's high demand overseas for older Japanese cars, driven by their appearances in movies and manga, as well as their sturdiness and cool looks. Their prices have shot up to match demand.

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Toshiyuki Yokoyama, an executive with the Kanagawa branch of the Japan Used Car Dealers Association. Thefts of classic sports cars are rising in Japan, driven by overseas demand. Read

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Prime Minister Kishida has been saying raise wages, raise wages, but the decision to hike pay isn't done on the words of a prime minister. Rather it's because a company needs better human resources to achieve its growth potential. If the company isn't competitive, raising wages translates just to higher costs that will only worsen its situation.

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Masayuki Kubota, chief strategist at Rakuten Securities. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's administration has repeatedly urged companies to make maximum efforts to lift employee pay, which has failed to keep up with the fastest inflation in 40 years. Read

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As supermarkets and other stores set their prices on a quarterly to semi-annual basis with egg retailers, the current retail price does not yet reflect the steep rise in feed prices and other factors. Retail prices are likely to rise even further after the next price revision.

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Norinchukin Research Institute Co senior researcher Katsuhiko Kitahara. The average retail price of eggs in January stood at 244 yen per 10-pack of mixed sizes, up 13% from the average over the past five years. Read

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Britain has made the exporting of education a national strategy. It’s a strategy that has met the needs of Japanese parents, especially those with high incomes, who want their children to receive a high-level education in English.

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Manabu Murata, an international education commentator. Many prestigious British and other international schools are making inroads into Japan. However, many such institutions are not regarded as “schools” under Japanese law, so their students do not qualify for Japanese elementary or junior high school diplomas. Read

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Hospitals can now focus on treating patients’ chronic illnesses, such as cardiac disease and cancer, even if they’re infected with the coronavirus.

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Shuzo Kobayashi, the director of Shonan Kamakura General Hospital in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, describing changes in how hospitals currently handle COVID patients. The 669-bed hospital strengthened its treatment system at the end of September of last year, after the seventh wave had subsided. Previously a limited number of physicians had… Read

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