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Govt Wants Japan To Join China-Backed High-Speed Rail Project

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THE JAKARTA POST
 
INDONESIA - The government is considering including Japan in Kereta Cepat Indonesia China (KCIC), an Indonesia-China consortium to develop the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway, as Indonesia seeks to expedite and expand the national strategic project, a senior minister has sai...

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Japan’s Low Unemployment Rate Conceals Deeper Labour Market Pain

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MALAY MAIL
 
TOKYO, May 29 — Japan’s labour market in April appeared to be weathering a severe slowdown in economic activity due to the coronavirus pandemic, but a closer look at official data released today revealed a less rosy picture.
Japan’s jobless rate rose to 2.6 per cent in April from 2.5...

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Rebooting Japan's Movie Business, One Theater At A Time

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JAPAN TIMES
 
After being shuttered for more than a month, movie theaters in Tokyo are set to start reopening.
On May 22, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike outlined a road map for easing social distancing measures and business closures in the capital in three stages. Cinemas will start reopening in the sec...

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Familymart To Reduce Business Hours At 5% Of Stores

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THE JAPAN NEWS
 
Major Japanese convenience store operator FamilyMart Co. announced Monday that 787 of its 14,600 affiliated stores nationwide — roughly 5% — will implement shorter business hours beginning June 1.
Of those stores, nearly 70%, or 514, operate on a truncated schedule every day, whi...

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Japan Aims To Revive Virus-Hit Tourism Industry By Footing Bill

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KYODO NEWS
 
The Japanese government is looking to revive the tourism industry, a key driver of the economy that has been battered by the novel coronavirus pandemic, by paying for people to go on vacation in the country.
Under its Go To Travel initiative, the government will provide subsidies wor...

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Japan Eyeing Second Extra Budget Worth Over $929 Billion: Nikkei

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THE CHRONICLES HERALD
 
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is considering a fresh stimulus package worth over $929 billion that will consist mostly of financial aid programmes for companies hit by the coronavirus pandemic, the Nikkei newspaper said on Monday.
The package, to be funded by a second extra budg...

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Japan's Core Consumer Prices Slip Into Deflation For First Time In Three Years

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JAPAN TODAY
 
TOKYO - Japan’s core consumer prices fell for the first time in more than three years in April on an annual basis, as weak oil prices and coronavirus lockdown measures heightened deflation risks.
The April data was released just before the central bank announced a new loan scheme on...

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Japan Adds More Countries In COVID-19 Travel Advisory

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AA.COM
 
Japanese citizens asked to avoid travel to India, South Africa among 11 new countries to avoid spread of novel coronavirus
Japan on Friday included 11 more countries, including India, on its travel advisory list as part of measures against the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Japan's Foreign ...

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Business Almost As Usual Amid Japan Virus Actions

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ABC NEWS
 
TOKYO -- The popular “scramble” intersection in Tokyo’s downtown Shibuya district looks uncrowded, but eateries and pubs on backstreets are busy. Meanwhile, narrow suburban shopping streets are jammed on weekends, with families strolling and heading to lunch. Some bars and restaurants ...

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Japan's Bullet Trains Begin Asking Passengers With Large Bags To Reserve Luggage Space

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JAPAN TIMES
 
The step has been introduced on the Tokaido, Sanyo and Kyushu shinkansen linesNew rules requiring passengers to reserve space free of charge for their extra-large luggage on some shinkansen lines took effect Wednesday, in response to an increase in foreign tourists in recent years.
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