Japan Asks Mongolia To Help With Abduction Issue

Japan asks Mongolia to help with abduction issue

Japan's foreign minister has asked his Mongolian counterpart for help in resolving the issue of Japanese nationals kidnapped by North Korea.

Taro Kono and Damdin Tsogtbaatar held talks in Ulaanbaatar. Kono is the first Japanese Foreign Minister to visit Mongolia in nine years. The nation has longstanding friendly ties with North Korea.

Android Q's Focus Mode Will Help Users Cut Out Distractions

Android Q's Focus Mode Will Help Users Cut Out Distractions

We spend an obscene amount of time on our phones on a daily basis to the point where for some, the endless stream of messages and notifications from social media can be extremely distracting when it comes to getting work done. However, Google is here to help with a new feature in Android Q called Focus Mode.

With Focus Mode, users will be able to hit the pause button on apps that they don’t want to be distracted by. This means that if you’re trying to cut out messages or notifications from social media during your working hours or while you’re at school, Focus Mode will let you do that. It will also give users the option to allow the notifications for other apps to come through, so you’ll get to control what you see.

Japan To Help Infrastructure Dev. In Asia Pacific

Japan to help infrastructure dev. in Asia Pacific

Japan's Finance Minister says the country will actively support infrastructure development in countries of the Asia Pacific region which are prone to natural disasters.

Taro Aso spoke on the importance of disaster preparedness during the Asian Development Bank's annual conference in the South Pacific country of Fiji.

Children Try To Help Foreign Tourists In English

Children try to help foreign tourists in English

Elementary and junior high school students in Japan's northern prefecture of Miyagi have practiced helping foreign tourists visiting a popular cherry blossom viewing spot.

About 250,000 people visit the Hitome Senbon-zakura area every year, where there are many cherry trees along the Shiroishi riverside. More and more foreign tourists are visiting the cherry blossom spot from Thailand, Hong Kong and other countries.

Prosecutors Seek International Help On Ghosn Case

Prosecutors seek international help on Ghosn case

Sources say Tokyo prosecutors are seeking help from outside Japan to investigate the financial transactions of former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn.

Ghosn was arrested for the fourth time on Thursday, on suspicion of aggravated breach of trust.

Substandard Apartment Owners Seek Govt. Help

Substandard apartment owners seek govt. help

Owners of apartments across Japan built by a real estate firm that was found to have erected substandard buildings have asked the government to put the firm under supervision.

Major real estate leasing firm Leopalace 21 revealed last week that more than 1,300 apartment buildings in 33 prefectures have been found to fall short of the government's fireproofing and sound insulation standards.

Honda And Ohio State Researching Robotics To Help Those With Parkinson's Disease

Honda and Ohio State researching robotics to help those with Parkinson's disease

Honda R&D Americas has been studying and working on various walking devices since 1999, and the results have been impressive. In addition to creating its futuristic independent Asimo robot, Honda has used what it's learned and applied it to humans who do not have full mobility. In the past, Honda's Walking Assist device has been used by those who have suffered a stroke, but new research hopes to apply the technology to people with Parkinson's disease.

Honda announced this month that it is collaborating with Ohio State University (OSU) to conduct a Phase 2 randomized controlled trial. During the eight-week study, the safety, practicality, and helpfulness of the Walking Assist device will be assessed on people who live with Parkinson's. The Michael J. Fox Foundation backed the research with a grant to fund the study.

Kono: Japan Ready To Help Tsunami-hit Areas

Kono: Japan ready to help tsunami-hit areas

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono says Japan is ready to provide as much support as it can to the areas hit by Saturday's tsunami in Indonesia.

On Monday, two days after the tsunami struck the islands of Java and Sumatra, Kono sent a message to his Indonesian counterpart, Retno Marsudi.

Draft Measures To Help Foreign Workers Released

Draft measures to help foreign workers released

Japan's government has compiled a set of draft measures aimed at making it easier for more foreigners to live and work in the country.

The draft was drawn up in line with the revised immigration law, designed to allow more foreigners to work in Japan starting next April.

Abe Thanks Turkey For Help In Journalist's Release

Abe thanks Turkey for help in journalist's release

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed his gratitude to the Turkish government for its efforts in the recent release of a Japanese journalist from a militant group in Syria.

Freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda spent more than 3 years in captivity before he was freed last month.

Qatar 'provided Information' To Help Free Yasuda

Qatar 'provided information' to help free Yasuda

A senior Qatari government official says his country provided information that helped to secure the release of Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda.

The official spoke to NHK on Thursday about the journalist who returned to Japan after being held hostage for more than 3 years by militants in Syria.

More Information To Help Foreigners In Emergencies

More information to help foreigners in emergencies

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the government will provide more information in other languages to help visitors during emergencies.

Suga said on Friday that foreign tourists who became stranded at Kansai International Airport last week complained that there wasn't enough information in other languages.