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Japan Times: Kishida’s plan to combat Japan’s low birthrate stirs talk of sales tax hike

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Kishida’s plan to combat Japan’s low birthrate stirs talk of sales tax hike
The prime minister’s plan to double the budget for children’s policies has sparked controversy in the LDP, as questions remain over how to secure the …
Japan starts requiring negative COVID tests for travelers from China
All travelers from mainland China and those who have visited the country within seven days are now required to take a PCR or high-quality antigen …
Kishida vows to debate government and BOJ roles with new central bank head
The remark heightens the chances that a trail is being blazed for an exit from the BOJ’s ultraloose monetary policy sooner rather than later.
Police prepare for spring elections six months after Abe was killed on the campaign trail
The National Police Agency has conducted a drastic review of its protection for dignitaries and introduced a plan to check the protection plans of prefectural …
As Asian societies age, ‘retirement’ just means more work
Across East Asia, populations are graying faster than anywhere else in the world, and while younger generations shrink, older workers are often toiling well into …
From bees to bullets, CES tech show gives gamers the feels
The video game industry is showing off just how lifelike gaming can be made with new vests, head cushions and other simulation products.
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