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Gov’t Passes Bill Providing Free COVID-19 Vaccine to All Citizens

A bill that assigns the government to shoulder the cost of the COVID-19 vaccine for all citizens of Japan has been approved in the Diet, providing a crucial move to address the spread of the coronavirus in the country as Japan struggles with its worst-yet wave of infections. In line with this, the bill also [...]

[WATCH] Japan’s Self-Driving Buses Now in Service

On November 26, Japan launched its first and free self-driving bus services in Sakai, Ibaraki Prefecture. ALSO READ: Self-driving Taxis with Passengers Tested in Japan The driver-less buses can run at 18 kph on a 5-kilometer round trip through the center of the district. Moreover, it can safely avoid obstacles on the road through the [...]

Japan Approves Bill to Offer All Residents Free COVID-19 Vaccines

The Japanese government on Tuesday, October 27, approved a bill that aims to cover all the expenses for the purchase, distribution, and administration of COVID-19 vaccines to all residents in Japan, once the drug is already available, as well as to compensate suppliers in the event any serious side effects occur. The bill which amends the [...]

Employers Prefer Filipino Workers in Kyushu, Japan - DOLE

The Department of Labor and Employment revealed on Saturday, September 19, that employers from Kyushu, Japan prefer Filipino workers for their industriousness and fast learning ability.  This was cited in the post outreach mission report of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Osaka, Japan to the Department of Labor and Employment. DOLE: Pinoy Workers Preferred by [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]