Abe, Erdogan To Work To Ease Middle East Tensions

Abe, Erdogan to work to ease Middle East tensions

The leaders of Japan and Turkey say they will work together to bring about stability in the Middle East, as tensions over Iran's nuclear program increase.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tokyo on Monday, after they attended the G20 summit in Osaka over the weekend.

Microsoft Office Mobile Apps Won't Work On Older Android Devices

Microsoft Office Mobile Apps Won't Work On Older Android Devices

Microsoft’s Android port of its Office productivity apps is quite solid. You can get some serious work done on Android devices using these apps. However, if you’re using a fairly old device, you may want to take note, as Microsoft is discontinuing support for Office mobile apps on older Android devices.

Microsoft has updated the system requirements for the Office mobile apps without much fanfare. It’s not surprising to see that this has happened as the move is meant to ensure that users get the best possible experience with the apps. That can often no longer be possible on devices that become outdated.

Paralympic Minister Says He Will Work Harder

Paralympic minister says he will work harder

Japan's minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games says he will work harder to provide information about the event.

Shunichi Suzuki met International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons in Tokyo on Thursday. Parsons is in Japan for a meeting to check preparations for the game.

Nearly 350 Pass Visa Exam To Work In Japan

Nearly 350 pass visa exam to work in Japan

Nearly 350 foreigners have passed Japan's exam for working visas under a new system aimed at easing the country's labor shortage.

The first results of the exams, which began last month, were announced on Tuesday.

Tokyo To Exhibit Possible Banksy Work

Tokyo to exhibit possible Banksy work

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike says she is considering displaying a headline-making work of graffiti at the Tokyo government building for a limited time during the spring holidays.

The illustration was discovered on a tide gate on the waterfront in Tokyo's Minato Ward in December of last year. People have noted its resemblance to works by renowned street artist Banksy. The anonymous artist is known for painting satirical artworks on buildings and other structures.

Govt. Urged To Work Against Japan Seafood Ban

Govt. urged to work against Japan seafood ban

Japan's government plans to continue working to end restrictions on imports of Japanese fishery products, even after last week's ruling by the World Trade Organization in South Korea's favor over its ban on seafood imports from Japan.

But Japan may need to devise ways in negotiating with foreign countries, as both lawmakers and fishermen are urging the government to do more.

Landfill Work Continues In Henoko

Landfill work continues in Henoko

Japan's Defense Ministry is ramping up construction on a controversial US military facility in Okinawa. Work is now underway on a new part of the planned site.

Workers have been pouring sand and dirt into the sea to reclaim land off the coast of Nago City.

Landfill Work Moves Ahead In Henoko

Landfill work moves ahead in Henoko

Japan's Defense Ministry has begun the next stage of construction on a controversial US military facility in Okinawa. They're reclaiming land on a new 33-hectare plot. Workers have begun pouring sand and dirt into the sea off the coast of Nago City.

They've already been doing that on an adjacent site. The two areas account for about a quarter of the planned construction.

Softbank To Ban Smoking During Work Hours

Softbank to ban smoking during work hours

Japanese telecom firm Softbank says it will start banning smoking by employees during business hours.

The firm says it will introduce non-smoking days next month. Non-smoking periods will be gradually increased until a total ban takes effect next April.