Voters deliver a resounding no to new US military base in Okinawa

Voters in the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa resoundingly rejected the construction of a new U.S. military base on their island. The U.S. military says its presence on the island is vital not only for the defense of Japan, but also for keeping peace in the region. “a vote against the Abe administration” for ignoring the popular will expressed in Tamaki’s victory. Opposition also attracted support from young voters normally seen

Japan’s international schools flourish despite legal gray area

Parents increasingly shun traditional classrooms for more global education. International schools, which typically conduct classes in English, are flourishing in Japan. The number of students at these schools has jumped about 30% in four years. also serve Japan’s growing foreign population. regulations place these institutions in a separate category from public schools, meaning Japanese students’ attendance often technically falls outside the law.

Japan vs. korea

There is currently a fresh spat between Japan and Korea over whether Japan will participate in multilateral naval exercises set to take place off Busan in late April – amid renewed hostility over Japan’s past colonisation of the Korean peninsula. Tokyo and Seoul have sparred over decisions in South Korea’s top court requiring two of Japan’s biggest firms to pay compensation to Koreans forced into labour during Japan’s 1910-45 colonial

ASEAN and Japan to ink revamped economic pact in March

The economic pact will liberalize the investment and service fields, completing a deal that took effect over a decade ago. Negotiations for the ASEAN Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership (AJCEP) began in 2005. The elimination of tariff barriers to trade in goods began to gradually take effect in 2008, while issues related to opening up investment and service fields were tabled. In Myanmar, where liberalization lags, the completion of AJCEP will

Rugby World Cup and 2020 Olympics

Japan has been attempting to make the country more tourist friendly. An onsen video for example is created in anticipation of the 40 million foreign visitors expected during the Games, Japan is outfitting its fleet of bullet trains with Wi-Fi and launching a 24/7 multilingual support center; bilingual road signs are being rolled out across the country as well. Japan, a nation that has barely eked out a single year

Bitcoin and Japan

Japanese are cash centric and Credit Card use never really took off The Japanese economy is yet to recover from the real estate market collapse of 1989-90. The Plaza Accord put in force by the Reagan Government further exacerbated the situation. In one swipe, their once flourishing real estate market took a hit and their exports shrunk because of the expensive Yen. As a result of economic downturns and government

Soju | Korea’s National Drink

Soju is one of the most popular liquor. It is consumed by the masses in Korea, China, Japan, and now even the United States. It is described as being similar to vodka but with a lower alcohol content. It is typically 20-40% alcohol content and comes in a variety of flavors from green apple to plum to grapefruit. (Author’s personal opinion but peach is the best flavor.) Soju can be

Japanese Holidays

The Japanese are known for their work ethic, but they have a tremendous amount of national holidays as well.  If a holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday is also recognized as a holiday.  Additionally, if, somehow, a day is sandwiched between two holidays it will also be turned into a holiday.  Take a look below for a brief overview of the nationally recognized Japanese holidays. Coming of Age

China digitizes at lightning speed

The hottest topic in technology today is 5G. It’s a lightning-speed technology that will change the way we consume content and interact with the digital world. While many companies are leading the way in 5G, China has become one of the first homes to a 5G experience beginning in Tian’anmen Square in Beijing. A historical and political spot, the square is now the first “Smart Square” thanks to a Beijing

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