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Japan Coast Guard Halts Search and Rescue Ops for Sunken Cattle Ship

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday, September 5, the Japan Coast Guard has temporarily stopped its search and rescue efforts for crew members of the Panamanian-flagged livestock vessel Gulf Livestock 1 that sunk off Japan as Typhoon 10, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Kristine (international name: Haishen), nears Japan. Meanwhile, [...]

Japan Eases Travel Restrictions to Foreign Residents Starting September

Japan is set to relax its widely criticized entry restrictions on travelers from abroad, allowing all its foreign residents with a legal residence status to travel freely thereby enabling those seeking re-entry to the country to return, government officials announced Friday (August 28). Despite the adjustments to be made, travel will still be subject to some conditions, [...]

Japan's Minimum Hourly Wage to Increase by JPY 1 this October

Japan’s ministry of labor on Friday, August 21, announced that the minimum hourly wage will increase by ¥1 from the previous year to ¥902 on average in fiscal 2020. ALSO READ: What is the Salary of an OFW in Japan? The amount of the average hike has dropped to its lowest in 16 years after growing [...]

How much does a Pinoy Caregiver Earn in Japan?

If you’ve asked around which country do most Filipinos want to visit or migrate to, you’d get several answers, but it’s unlikely that you won’t get Japan as an answer. And why not? Who doesn’t enjoy experiencing four seasons, visiting Tokyo Disneyland, or enjoying anime as much as they want?  Not many Filipinos. And in this post, [...]

What is the Salary of an OFW in Japan?

Many Filipinos aim to work abroad for the various opportunities they can take advantage of. And among the many countries Filipinos can choose from, Japan is among the popular ones because it is quite near the Philippines and the culture in Japan, in some ways, are the same as ours in the Philippines. In this post, [...]

List Holidays in Japan this 2020

Japan, as we all know, is among those countries (especially in Asia) that have rich and enduring cultural idiosyncrasies and traditions. Because of this, one might think that they have a lot of public events observed as official holidays. However, that is not the case in Japan, as they only have 16 public holidays.  And [...]

Gov't to Extend JPY 300,000 Cash Aid to Each Household in Need

On Friday (April 3), Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party announced that the government will provide 300,000 yen in cash to each household suffering from falling incomes amid the spread of the new coronavirus. This decision was agreed upon after LDP policy chief Fumio Kishida suggested to the prime minister that 300,000 [...]

Gov't Prepares to Declare a State of Emergency over Virus

As the number of coronavirus cases continues to spike in the capital, Tokyo, and other parts of the country, the government on Monday (April 6) began preparations for the declaration of a state of emergency over the coronavirus outbreak.  In line with this, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was expected to convene with a panel of experts advising [...]

Government Steps Up Coronavirus Efforts by Requesting Self-Isolation for All Visitors

As the WHO announced that the number of coronavirus infections globally is expected to hit over a million in the next few days, Japan’s government has decided to request all travelers entering the country to self-quarantine for two weeks, due to the coronavirus pandemic and to contain the spread of the virus in the country through local [...]

'Road to Tokyo Olympics' Threatened by COVID-19 Pandemic

As the world continues to grapple with the ongoing spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, with hundreds of thousands infected already, experts are starting to question the likelihood of the Tokyo Olympics being held under normal conditions when the Games kick off in less than 150 days. To add pressure to the situation, on Friday (March 13), US [...]