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Today’s top news: December 31, 2022 Japan Times-Japan boosting use of digital tools for disaster mitigation

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Japan boosting use of digital tools for disaster mitigation
With damage caused by rains and typhoons becoming more severe, cities are refocusing their efforts to ensure the safety of residents by obtaining and conveying …
North Korea launches three ballistic missiles on final day of year
The nuclear-armed North has launched nearly 70 missiles this year, shattering its previous record in its quest to bolster its arsenal.
Bank of Japan considers raising inflation forecasts closer to 2% target: report
The proposed changes would show the core consumer price index rising around 3% in fiscal 2022, between 1.6% and 2% in fiscal 2023, and nearly …
Japan ranks 41st in attracting talent in 2022 according to Swiss survey
In a breakdown, Japan ranked last for the international experience of senior managers and 62nd for language skills.
COVID-19 tracker: Tokyo reports 11,000 cases for large week on week drop
The capital also reported 24 deaths, while seriously ill coronavirus patients numbered 45 under Tokyo’s criteria, down by one from Friday.
Hiroshi Nakaso positioned as front-runner to lead Bank of Japan, survey shows
The next governor is expected to face calls for careful communication with the market, as there are expectations that the BOJ could make further policy …
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