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  • Japanese "My Number System" - Individual Number Card
  • on 12/9/2015
  • Japanese "My Number System" - Individual Number Card


  • Drivers license - useful contact numbers
  • on 5/27/2014
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  • Drivers license renewal
  • on 5/27/2014
  • The date for renewing (koshin 更新) your drivers license (unten menkyosho 運転免許証) can be found on the colored bar to the left of your photo. 


  • Immigration changes to come as new law takes effect in July
  • on 12/30/2011
  • - New visa extension for 5 years instead of the current 3 years
    - No Reentry permit required for re-entrants
    - Permanent residents, will have to apply for a new residence card within three years from July 2012


  • Tsunami-hit Japan town faces recovery frustration
  • on 7/14/2011
  • SHICHIGAHAMA, Japan (MarketWatch) — Twelve weeks after a tsunami destroyed her home and business, Keiko Tsukamoto stood in the debris-strewn foundation of what had been her barbershop and wondered what would happen next.


  • New super-fast biometric ID system may allow card-less ATMs
  • on 6/7/2011
  • Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a new high-fidelity biometric identification system capable of picking out individuals from among even a million records in just two seconds.

    The new technology announced on June 1 scans not just fingerprints but also the pattern of blood vessels in the palm of a person's hand. Furthermore, the quick identification time means consumers may soon be seeing it in places like ATMs, where it could serve as a card-less ID check for withdraws and deposits.


  • Power self-sufficiency puts Roppongi Hills complex in spotlight
  • on 6/7/2011
  • With the energy grid in east Japan weakened after the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent nuclear crisis, the Roppongi Hills complex in Tokyo is gathering attention for its energy self-sufficiency, which operators say makes it immune to blackouts.


  • Gov't may hike consumption tax to 8% for reconstruction
  • on 4/20/2011
  • The government led by the Democratic Party of Japan is considering raising the current 5% consumption tax to 8% for about three years to raise money for reconstruction of the country’s northeastern region devastated by the March 11 earthquake and ensuing tsunami, DPJ senior lawmakers said Tuesday.


  • Gov't panel calls for considering income limit on child allowances
  • on 4/20/2011
  • A government panel tasked with reforming social security and the tax system in Japan proposes considering setting an income limit when providing allowances to families with children, a draft of its recommendations showed Tuesday.


  • TEPCo's Roadmap to stabilization and restoration of Fukushima plants.
  • on 4/20/2011
  • http://japandisasterupdates.blogspot.com/2011/04/tepcos-roadmap-to-stabilization-and.html

  • Gov't suspends administering 2 vaccines after 4 children die
  • on 3/5/2011
  • The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare decided Friday to suspend administering two types of publicly subsidized vaccines as four children recently died after receiving them, notifying municipal governments of the decision, ministry sources said.

  • JAL wheelchair doesn't trip up metal detectors
  • on 12/22/2010
  • Boarding a jet in a wheelchair can be a long, challenging process, but thanks to efforts by Japan Airlines Corp. at least part of the burden will be eased.


  • Child allowances saved for future
  • on 12/22/2010
  • A private survey showed Monday that 49.8 percent of women and 36.5 percent of men are saving the government's child allowances to prepare for their children's future.


  • Low-cost carriers elbowing their way into Japan's skies
  • on 12/22/2010
  • 2010 was a landmark year for Japan's aviation industry: The government inked an open skies accord with the U.S. in October to further liberalize their civil aviation markets, and during the same month Tokyo's Haneda airport opened a new international terminal.

    The bar was also lowered for foreign airlines to fly to domestic airports, including low-cost carriers that have the potential to alter the landscape of the nation's aviation industry, analysts say.


  • Gov't to secure 200 billion Yen to raise child allowances
  • on 12/14/2010
  • Tokyo -  The government will set aside some 200 billion yen to realize a key policy pledge of raising monthly child allowances, sources close to the matter said Monday.

    The finance and welfare ministries have agreed after intense discussions that the government will reduce tax deductions for salaried workers and others in order to secure the funds to pay for the policy of raising the allowance to 20,000 yen per month from the current 13,000 yen for children aged under 3.


  • Good news for Pizza lovers -Domino's launched the English website
  • on 10/9/2010
  • There is a good news for Pizza lovers. Domino's launched the English website www.dominos.jp/eng/ and currently offering a launch offer of  “Buy 1 Get 1 Free”. The customers ordering the new and limited Brooklyn Pizza receive another Brooklyn Pizza for free.  There are  VEGGIE choices too.


  • Child education allowance of JPY 13,000 per month
  • on 4/6/2010
  • Child education allowance of JPY 13,000 per month from this year April 1st for whole year 2010 and will be subsequently increased to JPY26,000 from next year. You can get this benefits even if your child is not residing with in Japan.

  • More than 20 passports stolen from visa application service office
  • on 1/25/2010
  • More than 20 passports disappeared last month from the office of a Tokyo firm employed to accept visa applications by the Embassy of India.



  • Supplementary income payments from government
  • on 3/25/2009
  • Japanese Nationals and foreign nationals who have completed the alien registration procedure by the cut-off date February 1st 2009 are eligible to receive a supplementary income payment (except for illegal immigrants and temporary visitor status of residence)

  • Indian community thriving in east Tokyo
  • on 2/17/2005
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Kerala

  • TEPCO aiming to avoid power shortage in summer
  • on 4/20/2011
  • Tokyo Electric Power Co may be able to avoid an anticipated shortage of electricity this summer as it will aim to increase its maximum power supply capacity to around 55 million kilowatts from the previously planned 52 million kilowatts, Executive Vice President Takashi Fujimoto said Wednesday.

India

  • Air India pilot and crew fight at 30,000 feet
  • on 10/7/2009
  • New Delhi: Endangering the lives of 106 passengers and grossly violating safety norms, Air India pilots and crew entered into a fight almost 30,000 feet above the ground. The incident happened on Indian Airlines (IA) Airbus A-320 as the aircraft cruised over Pakistan en route to Delhi via Lucknow from Sharjah.

  • Customer charges for use of ATMs for cash withdrawal and balance enquiry
  • on 3/28/2009
  • Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) have gained prominence as a delivery channel for banking transactions in India. Banks have been deploying ATMs to increase their reach. While ATMs facilitate a variety of banking transactions for customers, their main utility has been for cash withdrawal and balance enquiry. As at the end of December 2007, the number of ATMs deployed in India was 32,342. Commensurate with the branch network, larger banks have deployed more ATMs. Most banks prefer to deploy ATMs at locations where they have a large customer base or expect considerable use. To increase the usage of ATMs as a delivery channel, banks have also entered into bilateral or multilateral arrangements with other banks to have inter-bank ATM networks.

  • Income Tax on NRI Deposits
  • on 12/26/2004
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Movies

World

  • News about George Marangoly-san
  • on 10/21/2009
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  • Google and Verizon Wireless to develop handsets
  • on 10/7/2009
  • Washington: In a groundbreaking agreement, Google and Verizon Wireless said that they will work together to produce mobile devices based on the Internet-search giant's Android operating system that will access Verizon's network.

  • Gmail, Yahoo also hit by phishing scheme
  • on 10/7/2009
  • San Francisco: Users of Google's Gmail and Yahoo Mail were also targeted in the large-scale phishing attack that harvested at least 10,000 passwords from Microsoft's Live Hotmail, according to reports on Tuesday.

  • Breastfeeding 'protects mother'
  • on 4/25/2009
  • Women who breastfeed their babies may be lowering their own risk of a heart attack, heart disease or stroke, research suggests.A US study found women who breastfed for more than a year were 10% less likely to develop the conditions than those who never breastfed.Even breastfeeding for at least a month may cut the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.The research features in the journal Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

  • Google plans free Net phone service
  • on 1/25/2005
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Visa and Immigration

  • Point based preferential immigration treatment for highly skilled foreign professionals
  • on 9/12/2012
  • The points-based system that provides highly skilled foreign professionals with preferential immigration treatment is going to start.

    This policy is going to be introduced in order to promote more acceptances of highly skilled foreign nationals who have advanced abilities since those foreign professionals are expected to contribute to economic growth and creation of new demand and employment in Japan.


  • What exactly is the new residency management system?
  • on 1/17/2012
  • The aim of the new residency management system is to enable the Ministry of Justice to continuously keep information necessary for managing the residency of foreign nationals residing in Japan for the mid-to long-term with resident status, and ensure greater convenience for those foreign nationals.

    The system will issue qualifying foreign nationals a resident card containing a portrait photo of the individual, basic personal information such as his/her name, his/her resident status and his/her currently allowed period of stay.

    Moreover, because the new system will allow authorities to more accurately track resident status than with the previous system, it makes it possible to introduce measures that will improve the convenience of foreign nationals who legally reside in Japan, such as a maximum period of stay of five years instead of the previous three years, and a new reentry permit system that waives reentry permit formalities for foreign nationals who leave and reenter Japan within one year of the date of their original departure.

    The current alien registration system will be abolished with the start of the new residency management system.


  • Indian govt. tightens visa rules
  • on 10/8/2009
  • New Delhi: The Indian Government has tightened the employment visa rules to distinguish these from the liberal rules for the business visa. This is done to prevent companies from misusing the business visa. The new rules make it necessary for expatriate workers (including those from China) to re-enter India for completing their existing assignments only on an employment visa, according to Financial Express.

  • New Japanese Immigration Procedure(Automated Gates)
  • on 11/22/2007
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  • Gov't plans to require all foreigners to carry IC cards for crime control
  • on 6/8/2005
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