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Takanawa Gateway, new JR Yamanote Line station name, fails to resonate with Tokyoites

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A movement has been launched to rescind the name selected for the new station on Tokyo's Yamanote loop line situated between Shinagawa and Tamachi, which is scheduled to commence operation from 2020. As of 6 p.m. on Dec 10, an online petition to halt use of the new name had… Read

Politics

Diet passes bill to accept more foreign workers

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The Diet on Saturday passed a bill to broaden the entry of foreign workers into the country's labor-hungry sectors, despite concern the plan lacks detail and may not ensure proper working conditions. Enactment of the legislation paves the way for Japan to formally open its doors to blue-collar workers, in… Read

Lifestyle

Japanese school explains why it won't let cold schoolgirl wear tights under her skirt

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It’s getting chilly in Japan, and so common sense says that wearing warmer clothing is the way to go. Of course, if your school requires you to wear a uniform, you’re kind of stuck as to what the primary components of your outfit are going to be, but Japanese mother… Read

World

U.S. prosecutors name Trump in hush payments; detail Russian contacts

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U.S. prosecutors said on Friday President Donald Trump directed his personal lawyer to make illegal hush payments to two women ahead of the 2016 election, and also detailed a previously unknown attempt by a Russian to help the Trump campaign. In court filings, federal prosecutors in New York and those… Read

National

Tokyo hotel to trial newly-developed wooden straws, ban plastic

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A hotel operator in Tokyo said Tuesday it will trial from January wooden straws in its restaurant while banning plastic straws in dining facilities and its bar by next April amid global efforts to reduce marine plastic pollution. The new disposable straws, developed by The Capitol Hotel Tokyu Co and… Read

World

May says Brexit deal defeat could topple British government

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Prime Minister Theresa May warned on Sunday that parliament's rejection of her Brexit deal could leave Britain in the European Union and bring the opposition Labour Party to power. The embattled leader's message came with her government fearing a heavy defeat on Tuesday of the draft withdrawal agreement she signed… Read

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Japan treats its foreign workers like Kleenex. They have a use-it, toss-it mentality.

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Jeff Kingston, a Japanese studies professor at Temple University. Read

Crime

Ghosn admits he signed papers on post-retirement pay; Saikawa also questioned

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Ousted Nissan Motor Co Chairman Carlos Ghosn admitted to prosecutors that he signed documents on his post-retirement pay that were unreported in the company's securities statements, sources close to the investigation said Thursday. The act of signing, which Ghosn allegedly denied shortly after his arrest on Nov 19, is seen… Read

Business

Ghosn planned to oust CEO before his arrest: report

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Former Nissan Motor Co Chairman Carlos Ghosn was planning to oust its CEO Hiroto Saikawa before his arrest by Tokyo prosecutors last month, the online edition of Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. Ghosn was planning to propose the replacement of Saikawa at a Nissan board meeting scheduled for late November… Read

National

Panel proposes mass evacuation of coastal areas if mega quake hits

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A government council on anti-disaster measures on Tuesday proposed that all residents of Japan's central and western coastal areas should evacuate if the region is hit by a massive earthquake that could occur in the next 30 years. The council called on the government to issue evacuation orders for all… Read

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