The Japan News (Japan)

​OWASE, Japan(The Japan News/ANN) - A group of young Mie prefectural government officials is working with Owase residents to create events that will reinvigorate the region, including a walking tour along a Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail for foreign residents living in the prefecture.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights organization based in the United States, issued a statement Sunday denouncing South Korean boy band BTS for wearing hats with a logo similar to a Nazi symbol and flying Nazi-like flags at a concert in the past.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Combatting websites that offer pirated manga and magazine content has become a pressing task. A government panel of experts recently remained deadlocked over the possible introduction of blocking access to such websites. Given this development, making it illegal to download pirated content has been floated as one countermeasure that could be taken for the time being.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Challenges faced in a lay judge trial have come to light. The latest case should be closely examined to reduce the burden on lay judges.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - In an audit report for fiscal 2017, the Board of Audit has released a provisional calculation regarding “macroeconomic indexation,” which serves as a means of curtailing pension benefits.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - It is important to steadily lower mobile phone fees, which remain stuck at high levels.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Harry Kobrak is something of a Japan connoisseur, traveling to local areas of the country and finding each place’s various strengths. The representative operating director of Caterpillar Japan LLC (see below) also understands old-fashioned Japanese ways and thrives on applying them to business today. The Japan News recently spoke to Kobrak to learn about what he has seen during his time in the country.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The government intends to not allow foreign nationals to stay in Japan when they fail to pay social insurance premiums for a long time, keeping in mind the acceptance of more foreign workers in the country, according to sources.

NARA, Japan (The Japan News/ANN) - The Nara prefectural police sent to prosecutors on Friday papers on a senior assistant to the chief priest of Todaiji temple in Nara, who is suspected of indecent assault, The Yomiuri Shimbun learned from investigative sources. 

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - A sewage treatment plant in Peru, for which the Japanese government provided ¥6.66 billion (about $58 million) in loans as part of official development assistance, has sat idle for more than two years due to sewage backflow, leakage and other problems, the Board of Audit has found.