Tag: Japan

Heartbroken Japanese man turns to bodybuilding after his wife left him for being “bald and dumpy”

Heartbreak is a terrible ordeal. Most people might choose to drown their sorrows and wallow in self-pity and destructive habits. But one heartbroken Japanese man decided it was the best time to improve himself. 言い訳するのはさぁ やることやってからだよね 出来ればしない方がカッコいいけど 人間だからね... pic.twitter.com/ox1EEzC2kU — しらぴょん (@lonestarsde66) December 9, 2017 A man who goes by...

Stubbed out: Japan university stops hiring smoking professors

A Japanese university has stopped hiring professors and teachers who light up, officials said Tuesday, as the nation steps up an anti-smoking campaign ahead of the 2020 Olympics. Nagasaki University spokesman Yusuke Takakura told AFP they have "stopped hiring any teaching staff who smoke", although...

Japan to employ facial technology to combat gambling obsession

Once facial recognition technology in Japan is implemented at betting venues, gambling addicts will be barred from entry. This is based on the Japanese government’s plan to regulate venue operators. In the latter part of March this year, Japan said it would use biometric identification technology...

Trump scheduled to visit Japan for emperor inauguration and G20 summit

US President Donald Trump is set to visit Japan twice after the Vietnam summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. First, Trump will meet the soon-to-be enthroned 126th emperor of the world’s oldest monarchy, Crown Prince Naruhito, who is set to ascend the throne...

Japanese women are rising up to fill the ranks of the Japan Self-Defense Forces

As Japan's population shrinks, the Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) is turning to a new demographic to make a difference in their ranks: women. This bold act is pushing the boundaries of gender stereotypes in Japan's traditional society. In conservative Japan, women assumed the roles of maintaining the household...

Are Japanese universities losing their appeal to international students?

Revealed in the 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) University Rankings which cover more than 1,250 universities worldwide, only one Japanese university made it to the top 100 – Kyoto University (ranked 65th) – leaving behind the rest of Japanese institutions of higher education flagging...

Japan charges “sayonara tax” to all departures from Jan 7, revenues to boost tourism

Starting January 7, 2019 all travellers exiting Japan will shoulder the departure levy, called “sayonara tax” amounting to 1,000 yen (S$12.20). The tax will affect both Japanese and foreign travellers leaving by plane or by ship. It will be added to the airfares and ship...

Should Japan Adopt Daylight Saving Time?

TOKYO – After this summer’s intense heat waves, which left at least 110 people dead, some in Japan have become concerned about athletes’ safety during the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, which will be held in Tokyo in late July and early August – the hottest...

Japan overtakes Singapore as the world’s most powerful passport – Henley Passport Index

The Henley Passport Index released its latest report on Tuesday, October 9, which shows Japan in first place as the world’s strongest passport. Singapore, which was previously tied for first place with Japan, has fallen into second place. The latest passport ranking by Henley shows...

Singaporeans, take notice of Japan’s respectful smoking manners

The ever-controversial habit of smoking is a hot topic of discussion these days. With Parliament's latest amendment to the Smoking (Prohibition in Certain Places) Act shockingly allowing National Environment Agency officers to enter private homes on smoking-related investigations, public opinion in Singapore is strongly divided. Other Asian...