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Prime Minister Abe's long term in office is the result of his government's efforts to address challenges one by one in areas including the economy, foreign and security policy and social security.

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Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, speaking at a news conference. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday became the longest-serving leader in the country's post-World War II era, tying his great-uncle, Eisaku Sato, with 2,798 days in office. Read

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In terms of practical benefits, not all languages are useful. However, we aim to help students learn various ways of thinking through studying various languages.

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Hiroshi Miyahashi, a teacher at Keio Shiki Senior High School in Shiki, Saitama Prefecture, which offers classes in the study of 24 languages including English, Arabic, Finnish and Mongolian. University lecturers serve as teachers. All classes have students. Read

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It's important to stop at the nearest parking area if you face such an incident while driving on an expressway. If you are driving on a regular road, stop at a gas station or a place where there are some people and alert the police.

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Kazumi Renge, president of Tezukayama University and professor of traffic psychology, advising drivers to stop their cars at safe places if they face road rage incidents. Read

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We give priority to changing the benches at last stops because many inebriated passengers who have gone past their destinations wind up there.

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A Tobu Railway official. Railway operators are turning benches at their stations sideways to the tracks to prevent drunken people falling off platforms or being hit by trains. Read

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I don’t think Japan made sufficient atonement after the war or was required to make those kinds of reparations ... because the U.S. saw Japan as a bulwark against communism. It might’ve been great for U.S. geopolitics, but it obscured suffering of millions of Koreans and millions of Chinese.

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Timothy Webster, professor of transnational law and director of Asian legal studies at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. Experts say the U.S. should also be actively involved in coming up with a solution to the impasse over the forced labor cases between South Korea and Japan because of the… Read

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Adults should realize that they could spread the disease to babies and infants. I recommend that people who have prolonged or heavy coughing symptoms promptly consult a doctor.

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Nobuhiko Okabe, head of the Kawasaki City Institute for Public Health. The number of reported whooping cough patients in Japan this year had reached 10,110 as of Aug 4, according to preliminary data announced by the National Institute of Infectious Diseases on Aug 13. Read

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Although the speed of technological changes is very fast and new technologies are spreading also very quickly, work in Japan to reform related systems and regulations is falling behind.

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Hiroko Ota, who chairs the Japanese government's Council for Promotion of Regulatory Reform, voicing worries over delays in the country's moves to overhaul its systems and regulations in response to rapidly progressing digitization. Read

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Many teachers have told me that some children have become thinner when going to school following the end of long holidays.

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Hitoshi Koyama, 64, an official of the Ibaraki Consumers’ Co-operative Union. Food banks across Japan are making free deliveries to children from poor families when schools are in summer recess and stop providing school meals. Read

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For a very export-driven economy, it’s actually holding up pretty well. Given the global collapse of exports, you’d expect Japan to be doing much worse. The big question going forward: Is there a straw that breaks that camel’s back?

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Izumi Devalier, chief Japan economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She says that given its challenges, Japan’s economy has been remarkably resilient. Read

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It's about time to move ahead with full-fledged discussions on the Constitution in the Diet.

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, calling his stated goal of amending the postwar Constitution the biggest agenda since the establishment of the Liberal Democratic Party, which he currently heads. Read

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