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It became clear that a large amount of unpaid taxes can be collected from overseas assets, so the latest case will have high ripple and deterrence effects on other tax defaulters.

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Go Kawada, a former chief of the Sendai Regional Taxation Bureau, referring to a case in which the Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau in cooperation with Australian tax authorities collected about ¥800 million from the bank account of an Australian man who had not paid gift taxes in Japan. The man,… Read

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It’s important to make steady efforts to provide support and detect women’s anxieties about child-rearing and their lives through steps such as health checks after they give birth and home visits by midwives and public health nurses.

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Rintaro Mori, chief of the department of health policy at the Tokyo-based National Center for Child Health and Development's research institute. About 30% of expectant or nursing mothers who died in 2015 and 2016 took their own lives, the research team found. Read

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If another tsunami comes, the measures we have taken for the past seven years will be meaningless.

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An official of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), which said it will build a 600-meter-long sea wall to strengthen protection against a tsunami at the already wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. TEPCO made the decision following a meeting with the Nuclear Regulation Authority. Read

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We can't continue without financial assistance. We need to look at supply and demand when preparing medical services.

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Akira Isaka, the 78-year-old head of Tomioka Chuo Iin, a clinic in Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture. About 70% of medical institutions near the disaster-stricken Fukushima Daiichi No. 1 nuclear power station are operating in the red after restarting services, in the face of lower patient numbers and mounting labor costs. Read

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False rumors grow on fear. Concerns about water, electricity and communication cause rumors in relation to such topics to spread via SNS.

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Associate professor Naoya Sekiya from the Center for Integrated Disaster Information Research, the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, at the University of Tokyo. Invalid rumors following the strong earthquake in Hokkaido on Sept 6 have been circulating on social networking services (SNS), prompting fear among victims. Read

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The nursing care worker certification is an important qualification from the viewpoint of securing highly specialized care workers. We need to improve working conditions and the image of the industry.

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Toyo University Associate Prof Tatsuaki Takano, an expert on welfare for elderly people, commenting on the decline in the number of Japanese students enrolling in nursing care training schools. Read

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If a new company employee of foreign nationality introduces his/herself with their real name, and their new coworkers say, 'What the heck is that? It's so hard to remember,' then that's harassment.

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Mun Gong Hwi, head of the secretariat at the Osaka-based nonprofit organization Multi-Ethnic Human Rights Education Center for Pro-existence, which is boosting efforts to prevent "racial harassment" of people based in their citizenship, roots, skin color and other aspects of their outward appearance and identity. Read

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The LDP presidential race is not just for party members. Never have we had such a crucial time for us to appeal to the public about what we should do about our diplomacy and social security, but there are hardly any opportunities for me and Mr Abe to give speeches together.

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Former Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba, who is challenging Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for the party leadership. He was expressing frustration over the lack of opportunities for debate sessions with Abe, who is busy touring abroad during the campaigning period. Read

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It’s time to consider placing limits on the number of people who enter as an anti-crowding measure. To maintain our pride as a tourism nation, harmonious coexistence with local residents is extremely important.

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Toru Azuma, a professor at Rikkyo University’s College of Tourism. Excessive growth in tourism has damaged the environment and disturbed local residents’ everyday lives, such as by causing traffic congestion. This phenomenon, dubbed “tourism pollution,” has emerged as a worldwide problem, and can also lead to disappointment for visitors. Read

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The unilateral trade protectionism of the U.S. hurts a lot of nations. These countries need to enhance their cooperation, including cooperation between China and Japan, to ease the harm.

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Liu Jiangyong, a professor of international relations at Tsinghua University in Beijing, who specializes in Japan studies. Read

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