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We live in a time in which everything can be looked up on the internet, but things you hear about directly from people leave a greater impression.

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Interpreter-guide Narumi Ikezawa. For the first time since 1949 when the licensed interpreter-guide system was established to show tourists around Japan in foreign languages, a legal amendment that would increase the number of people who can serve as interpreter-guides is set to go into effect before the end of the… Read

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I started thinking about it after I started high school. I was in a school that focused on going to university, so we were taught to study, go to university and get a job. I'll stay here until I retire.

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Bank employee Mizuki Yamada, 23, who says stability was her top priority when she was looking for a job. Millennials in Japan have little interest in the job-hopping ways of their overseas counterparts, seeking stability and security instead. Read

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Her shock announcement drew attention to the question, 'Who are idols and what is marriage?' I think she let some fresh air into modern society with its stifling atmosphere.

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Idol commentator Akio Nakamori, referring to the surprise announcement by AKB48 singer Ririka Suto at the annual "general election" of the group's most popular members on June 17. Suto's announcement that she had fallen in love and was going to get married caused a stir online with many fans criticizing… Read

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A growing number of people are interested in enjoying alcoholic drinks with special flavors and special manufacturing methods, even at higher prices.

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A Suntory representative. Major liquor manufacturers in Japan are releasing new, upmarket gin products in rapid succession, in hopes of tapping into what they see as a new business opportunity at a time when the domestic beer market is shrinking. Read

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Rising public recognition of abuse of authority may have led to a growth in the number of people who believe they have suffered from it.

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A labor ministry official, commenting on the results of a survey that  showed one in three workers has fallen victim to abuses of authority at work in the past three years. Read

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We want to make sure the system is known to everyone, and that people, as much as possible, pay their premiums before two years pass.

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A health ministry official. A record 13,371 people 65 or older had assets seized by municipalities in fiscal 2015 as a penalty for not paying nursing care insurance premiums. Read

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Psychologically, it’s something you can do more casually than drug smuggling. People see it as an easy way to earn extra cash, almost like a part-time job.

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Takahisa Urushibata, a criminologist at Osaka University of Economics and Law, speaking about the resurgence of gold smuggling in Japan. Experts say gold smuggling is the type of crime that might appeal even in law-and-order Japan: It requires no violence, has no victims except state coffers and does not call… Read

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The latest court decision showed the reality that the higher corporate officials are, the more difficult it is to hold them criminally responsible in major accidents.

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Hiroshi Yasuhara, a retired judge who advises a group of people who have lost relatives in bus and train accidents. He was referring to last week's decision by the Supreme Court to uphold a lower court's decision acquitting three former past presidents of JR West of negligence over the 2005… Read

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Aiming to provide the best service in the world, we will continue to tackle new challenges, for example, attracting international passengers to JAL by offering delicious meals.

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JAL Chairman Masaru Onishi. The airline is accelerating efforts to upgrade its in-flight services, as well as equipment used on medium-haul international flights. Read

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