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Abe Seeks Steps to Prevent Economic Slump after Tokyo Olympics (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 20 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō on Tuesday instructed related cabinet ministers to consider measures to prevent a possible fallback of the country's economy after the consumption tax hike planned for October 2019 and the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics and Paralympics. At the day's meeting of the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy, a key government panel, Abe said, …

Applications for Refugee Status in Japan Soar 80% in 2017 (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 13 (Jiji Press)—The number of foreigners who applied for refugee status in Japan in 2017 came to a record 19,628, up about 80% from the previous year, the Justice Ministry said in a preliminary report on Tuesday. Only 20 of them saw their refugee applications accepted, as the ministry believes that most of the applicants simply wanted to work in Japan. The ministry used to allow …

Local Governments Considering Establishing Night Junior High Schools (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 8 (Jiji Press)--Eighty local governments in Japan are considering or making preparations for the establishment of public night junior high schools to be attended by people who were unable to finish compulsory education and foreigners, the education ministry has said. They are six prefectures and 74 municipalities, according to a survey report released by the ministry on Tuesday. …

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