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We will offer telecommuting or paid leave to about 1,200 employees commuting to our headquarters in Tokyo. First, we will test the arrangement for two weeks from July 22 this year.

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A spokesperson for Honda Motor Co. Some Japanese companies plan to help ease traffic jams during next year's Tokyo Olympics by asking employees to work from home or take leave during the Olympics. Read

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We will aim to win at least 63 out of the 124 seats to be contested. It won't be difficult if we try hard.

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Toshihiro Nikai, DP Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party, saying the LDP and its coalition partner, Komeito, will aim to win a majority of seats up for grabs in this month's upper house election. Read

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We will expand the trial to about 40 stores by February.

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A spokesperson for convenience store chain Ministop which has started charging three yen for bags at two stores near Tokyo on a trial basis. Read

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It is believed that warming will continue, which will make it necessary to switch from conventional varieties to resistant varieties.

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Hiroyuki Sato, 50, a Senior Program Officer at the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council. Concerns over crop damage due to global warming have spurred the development of heat-resistant rice varieties around the country. Read

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The reality of a lengthy detention is nothing but a human rights violation.

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Kimiko Tanaka, a spokeswoman for the group RINK, which supports detainees at an immigration detention center in Nagasaki. She was speaking after a Nigerian man, who had been held in the center for three years, died last week following a hunger strike. Read

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Coordination with the United States will be needed. It will take more time.

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A senior Defense Ministry official, explaining why the ministry is considering refraining from seeking funds for the development of a new fighter jet under the government's budget for fiscal 2020, which starts next April. Read

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Japan’s environment ministry has set aside about $18.6 million (¥2 billion) in its fiscal 2019 budget for a public-private consortium that will develop proposals and bid on waste management deals in Southeast Asian nations, most of which face serious pollution challenges. The goal is to win contracts for Japanese companies and some goodwill.

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Nikkei Asian Review. The worldwide market for trash-incinerating power plants that reduce pollution will be worth $80 billion by 2022, according to some financial analysts’ estimates. Japan, which has cultivated just this rubbish acumen, is hoping to cash in on the refuse boom. Read

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Lawmakers should make sacrifices before the planned consumption tax hike from 8% to 10% in October.

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Ruling coalition partner Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi, promising to cut Japanese lawmakers' salaries as part of its pledge for the House of Councillors election next month. Members of both chambers of the Diet are paid 1,294,000 yen a month. Read

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