Tourism Growth in Kyoto, Japan

Tourism Growth in Kyoto, Japan

As a result of its rich culture and growing economy, Japan has seen a boom in its tourism industry over the past decade, with 31 million international visitors being reported in 2018 compared to merely 8 million in 2008. The Japanese government has been strongly supportive of this influx of...

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International News

International News

Rakhine, Myanmar New evidence has emerged that implicates the Myanmar military, known as the Tatmadaw, in committing war crimes and violating human rights laws. A report released on May 29 by Amnesty International details the atrocities and formally accuses the Tatmadaw of a series of crimes including torture, extrajudicial executions, arbitrary arrests and enforced disappearances. ...

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First Japanese abdication in over two centuries

First Japanese abdication in over two centuries

The Japanese parliament grants first Imperial abdication in nearly 200 years, following concerns of the Emperor’s declining health. In a rarely televised interview Emperor Akihito, 83, stated his worries, “I am concerned it may become difficult for me to carry out my duties..as I have done so far.” But the...

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Japan’s government brings in overtime limit to stop people working themselves to death

Japan’s government brings in overtime limit to stop people working themselves to death

Japan is planning to bring in a cap on the amount of overtime a worker can do to cut down on the number of cases of “death from overwork”. Workers’ overtime will be restricted to around 60 hours a month with an increased limit of 100 hours for particularly busy...

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Almost three quarters of Japan’s biggest coral reef dead from global warming

Almost three quarters of Japan’s biggest coral reef dead from global warming

As much as 70 percent of Japan’s largest coral reef has died and lost all its colour in a phenomenon known as bleaching, due to rising sea temperatures as a result of global warming. The findings come from the Japanese environment ministry who conducted the research in the Sekisei lagoon...

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Silence

Silence

Silence Director: Martin Scorsese Meditations on the nature of faith, particularly of the Christian faith, have somewhat fallen out of favour in mainstream Hollywood productions with the turn of the 21st century. As a result the slack has to a large extent been taken up by the home-grown propaganda machines...

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Elderly in Japan exchanging driving licenses for ramen discount

Elderly in Japan exchanging driving licenses for ramen discount

Elderly people in central Japan are being offered discounts at ramen eateries if they turn in their driving licenses. Japanese police have launched a programme that will offer drivers over the age of 74 a fifteen percent discount on ramen meals at the popular restaurant chain Sugakiya in exchange for...

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Japanese royal family at risk of ‘disappearing’

Japanese royal family at risk of ‘disappearing’

At 82 years old in a rare television address, the reigning Japanese Emperor, Akihito, hinted at plans to abdicate, raising his age and health as factors in the struggle to adequately attend to his duties. The 125th Japanese Emperor, who has been on the throne for 27 years, worries that...

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Japan defends whaling research in face of international opposition

Japan has defended its plans to carry out lethal whaling research, despite international opposition which has been largely spearheaded by the Australian government. The plans will see up to 330 minke whales harvested in coming months to “find out how the marine ecosystem of the Antarctic Ocean is actually shifting...

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(Artificially) Intelligent Service

A new hotel opening in Japan on the 17th July this year, will be staffed almost entirely by robots. Henn-na Hotel, at the Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Nagasaki, will have a friendly lifelike robot at reception to meet and greet its guests. From there, a humanoid automaton bellhop...

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