Tag: Japan

Microsoft Japan’s four-day work week experiment led to happier employees and a 40% increase in productivity

Maintaining a decent work-life balance is vital in today's competitive and fast-paced world. Countries like Japan and Singapore are especially known for their over-achieving yet overworked ways. Microsoft Japan recently tried something that a growing number of smaller companies have been successfully implementing—adopting a...

China jails former Japanese politician for smuggling drugs in shoes

A court in southern China sentenced a former politician from Japan to life imprisonment on Friday for attempting to smuggle drugs out of the country hidden in the soles of platform shoes. 76-year-old Takuma Sakuragi was caught at an airport in 2013 with 3.29 kilogrammes...

Canadian father sues Japan firm for paternity leave harassment

by Miwa SUZUKI A Canadian father who alleges he was bullied and fired by his Japanese employer after he tried to claim paternity leave appeared in a Tokyo court Wednesday to pursue his lawsuit against the firm. It is the second paternity leave harassment case to...

Japan’s Abe shakes up cabinet, brings in rising star

by Hiroshi HIYAMA Japan's Shinzo Abe on Wednesday appointed new foreign and defence ministers and promoted a popular rising political star, in a cabinet reshuffle that fuelled speculation over the prime minister's successor. The spectacular appointment as environment minister of the telegenic Shinjiro Koizumi, the 38-year-old...

US power waning in Pacific, warns top Australian think tank

by Andrew BEATTY The United States no longer has military primacy in the Pacific and could struggle to defend allies against China, a top Australian think tank has warned. A hard-hitting report from the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney released on Monday...

Japanese researchers build robotic tail to help ageing population

Japanese researchers are pushing the boundaries of science by creating a robotic tail that extends innate bodily functions—a solution to keep the elderly mobile and productive as the country deals with an ageing population and a decreasing workforce. While robotic tails may seem like science...

Forceful tropical storm Krosa causes travel chaos in Japan following Obon festival

On Thursday (Aug. 15), tropical storm Krosa blasted through Japan with extremely strong winds and heavy rains that brought on evacuation alerts, flood and landslide warnings, and more than 600 cancelled domestic flights, throwing the country into travel chaos following the Obon festival. Classified just...

South Korean cosmetics firm boss quits over YouTube praising Japan

The head of a major South Korean cosmetics firm resigned Sunday after facing heavy backlash for forcing his staff to watch a YouTube video praising Japan during a raging trade war between the two nations. The clip, played at a monthly meeting of some 700...

Woman who spends SGD2 a day now owns three homes and retires at 34

Saki Tamogami saved money for 16 years and now she is paying off the fruits of her labour by retiring at the age of 34 years old. The Japanese woman started saving money at the age of 18 years old. She wanted to own properties before...

Singaporean man spends SGD15,000 to turn his HDB flat into a Japanese home

How far would you go to recreate something you love based on your favourite country? Amalyasa, a Singaporean man who loves Japan recently renovated his Housing & Development Board (HDB) flat into 'Little Japan.'   The 'Japanophile' loves Japan so much that he visits the country every...