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How immigration will change Japanese politics

The Japanese government has revised the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law that could expand the entry of non-skilled foreign workers into the Japanese workforce. The law introduces the Specified Skilled Worker Category 1, opening up new professional fields for unskilled foreign workers. It is expected to attract around 345,000 workers in …

Fire erupts at Japan’s Shuri Castle – UPI.com

Oct. 30 (UPI) — The main building of Shuri Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Okinawa, Japan, has burned down in a predawn fire, authorities said. Local police said the main hall and a nearby building have been destroyed, and a third building is still burning, Japan’s national broadcaster NHK reported. …

Gold, silk, lacquer: the kit and garb of Japan’s imperial ceremony

RARELY seen outfits, elaborate thrones and ancient paraphernalia adorn Tuesday’s sacred and sumptuous ceremony marking the formal ascension of Emperor Naruhito to Japan’s Chrysanthemum Throne. The new emperor took the throne earlier this year after his father Akihito’s abdication, but the proclamation ceremony cements the transition in stunning style. Here …