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Just a few years of overfishing will leave Pacific bluefin tuna vulnerable to devastating population reductions. That will threaten not just the fish but also the fishermen who depend on them.

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Amanda Nickson, the director of global tuna conservation at Pew Charitable Trusts. Conservation groups have called on Japan to abide by international agreements to curb catches of Pacific bluefin tuna after reports said the country was poised to exceed an annual quota two months early Read

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I was moved to tears by the U.S. armed forces’ support during Operation Tomodachi (after the March 11, 2011 disaster). They did so much to help Japan in its time of need.

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Shumi Kaufman, 37, who says she is doing her bit to repay a debt she feels Japan owes the U.S. armed forces, by working at the U.S. Misawa Air Base as a cross-cultural program coordinator of the Airman and Family Readiness Center. Read

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I tried very hard by lobbying the Japanese government: ‘Why don’t we have a regulatory sandbox to bring some innovative ideas? But the country’s too big and very slow to move. But here (Singapore), even the regulators are innovation-minded.

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Japanese billionaire Taizo Son, who built his fortune on hit smartphone game Puzzle & Dragons, on why he has relocated to Singapore from Tokyo and plans to invest $100 million in Southeast Asia within five years. Read

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No one is interested in the issue of past abductions of foreigners by North Korean agents.

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Song Il Ho, North Korean ambassador in charge of diplomatic normalization with Japan. Read

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Japanese leadership in a reformulated Pacific Rim trade liberalization agreement would advance the country’s cause of becoming more dominant in Asia against the rising power of China.

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Forbes contributor Ralph Jennings, on why Japan is trying to revive the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact, even without the U.S. Read

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At a time when it is difficult for us to attract applicants for positions, such foreign trainees are an important nursing care resource.

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An employee of a company that operates a group home for people with dementia in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, and other places. Preparations for accepting more foreign nursing caregivers are getting into full swing, with nursing care added to the list of professional fields for the revised Technical Intern Training Program… Read

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In Japan’s corporate culture, hard workers who have a strong sense of responsibility are left to bear the burden. Overwork problems can’t be solved at the individual level.

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Noriko Nakahara, an activist and a member of the National Association of Families Concerned About Karoshi. Her husband committed suicide and his death was ruled karoshi. She says the government's 100-hour limit on overtime is too high and could legitimize a culture of excessive work that hurts the mental and… Read

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The biggest challenges have been in determining the needs of the robot market, which is relatively new, and to ensure that our products are safe.

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Toshiyuki Isobe, chief officer of Toyota's Frontier Research Center. Japanese automakers are looking beyond the industry trend to develop self-driving cars and turning their attention to robots to help keep the country's rapidly graying society on the move. (Reuters) Read

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