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Tokyo (AFP) At an office in Tokyo, a group of asylum seekers clutching resumes listened to three Japanese companies describe their openings — rare opportunities in the country’s often impenetrable job market. Japan accepts only a handful of refugees each year and they face hurdles to employment that can seem almost insurmountable, including language requirements, cultural barriers and discrimination. But a handful of companies, driven partly by labour shortages, are now hiring refugees. Among them is Dairyu, a styrofoam manufacturer whose CEO Kenichi Osaka was hoping to find two newRead More
Tokyo (AFP) An Egyptian sumo wrestler has been asked to retire from the sport after driving without a license and causing an accident, Japanese media reported Friday. Osunaarashi, Japan’s first wrestler from Africa, caused the accident in January, despite sumo wrestlers being banned from driving by the sumo association, media reported. The 26-year-old, whose real name is Abdelrahman Shalan, had initially told the Japan Sumo Association his wife was driving but later admitted to police he was the driver. He will accept the punishment, the second most severe after dismissal.Read More
Tokyo (AFP) Japan said Friday it will impose fresh sanctions on North Korea by freezing the assets of Chinese and Namibian firms doing business with the nuclear-armed state. The move against a half dozen organisations and a couple of individuals comes days after Washington expanded its own punitive measures against Chinese and Russian firms, as well as people linked to Pyongyang. The US move drew an angry response from Beijing, North Korea’s key ally, while Japanese media said Friday that Namibia has been tightening its links to the North inRead More
Tokyo (AFP) Japan said Friday it will impose fresh sanctions on North Korea by freezing the assets of Chinese and Namibian firms doing business with the nuclear-armed state. The move against a half dozen organisations and a couple of individuals comes days after Washington expanded its own punitive measures against Chinese and Russian firms, as well as people linked to Pyongyang. The US move drew an angry response from Beijing, North Korea’s key ally, while Japanese media said Friday that Namibia has been tightening its links to the North inRead More