SEA Games 29: Vietnam at top in athletics

The Japanese government’s campaign will be observed annually for the next three years, starting on July 24, known as Telework Day, in a bid to reduce congestion ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. According to Japanese media, more than 900 companies participated in the first Telework Day on Monday, even though commuters gave mixed responses to the campaign. In Vietnam, many tech or tech-based companies already allow employees to work remotely, even though it is not an official policy. Advocates of the trend say telework will create a friendly and open business culture, and help to retain talent. Work from home, work better Thanh Tam, a specialist working for a media company in Ho Chi Minh City, encourages her employees to work “from anywhere they deem comfortable, even at home.” “Work effectiveness is the top priority, no matter where the workplace is,” Tam told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. “So my employees can choose where they want to work from.” Sharing this view, Thu Ha, an editor of a local news website, said she was able to telecommute because “my job does not require me to be in the office.” “So long as I can get things done, I can just stay at home,” she said. For some employers in Vietnam, telling their employees not to go to the office is like giving them an incentive or reward. Nghia, a KPMG employee based in Ho Chi Minh City, said his company has…... [read more]

Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. The Saigon Times Daily Takashi Yamamoto, general director of the Bureau of Tokyo Industrial and Labor Affairs, said that in order to lure more foreign tourists, more duty-free products in the city have been added since October last year. A zero tax applies to all products, instead of an 8% rate as previously, and visitors can see more “Duty-Free” stores. Last year, Japan began relaxing the visa requirements for Vietnamese visitors, especially those participating in package tours arranged by accredited travel firms in Vietnam. This policy change has boosted Vietnamese tourist arrivals in Japan. In 2020, Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. “We are looking to welcome 1.5 million foreign visitors to Tokyo and to realize that goal, we are working on multiple projects, including providing free wifi citywide, making menus in 11 different languages, including Vietnamese, adding signs in different languages, and mobilizing more than 40,000 volunteers to help foreign visitors at railway stations and airports,” said Yamamoto.... [read more]

Inada, previously the ruling party policy chief, shares Abe's goal of revising the post-war, pacifist constitution, which some conservatives consider a humiliating symbol of Japan's World War Two defeat. Inada, a 57-year-old lawyer, will be the second woman to hold the defence post. The first, Yuriko Koike, who held the job briefly in 2007, was recently elected Tokyo governor. Abe, who took office in December 2012, will retain his right-hand man, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, along with Finance Minister Taro Aso and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. Economic Minister Nobuteru Ishihara will also be kept on along with Health, Welfare and Labour Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki. Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroshige Seko will become trade and industry minister. Tamayo Marukawa, who served as environment minister in the previous cabinet, was appointed minister in charge of overseeing preparations for Tokyo's 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Shigeru Ishiba, minister for regional revitalisation, left the cabinet to prepare for a run at replacing Abe as prime minister when his term as LDP leader expires. Abe also appointed a new LDP executive line-up. The appointment of Toshihiro Nikai, 77, as LDP secretary general was seen as signalling Abe's hopes for a third term. Nikai has said he would support an extension for Abe, which would require a change in party rules. On Tuesday, Abe's outgoing cabinet approved 13.5 trillion yen ($133.58 billion) in fiscal steps to try to revive the economy.... [read more]

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Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc Cuong expressed wish for further Japanese support to Vietnam in processing and preserving food and farm produce while meeting Vice Governor of Ibaraki prefecture Yamaguchi Yachiru in Tsukuba city on November 18. Cuong gave praise to scientific, technological and technical development of Ibaraki and Tsukuba city in particular, saying that future bilateral ties in scientific research remains promising. Yachiru thanked the Vietnamese authorities for providing assistance to links between Ibaraki and Vietnamese localities, which she said, has prompted Japanese firms to seek opportunities in Vietnam. She spoke highly of a vocational training initiative for 500 Vietnamese workers who will be received by Ibaraki cooperative alliance in the near future. As Japan is preparing for the 2020 Summer Olympics, she hoped that Vietnam will choose Ibaraki for its sport village project and pledged the provision of all necessary infrastructure and equipment. Earlier, the Vietnamese delegation visited an exhibit of robots and welfare medical equipment displayed by Cyberbyne company. They also held working sessions with the High Energy Accelerator Research Organisation, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency in Tsubaki. Established in 1963, Tsukuba is one of the largest scientific cities in Asia and Japan and currently home to 220,000 people, 96 scientific research establishments, two universities and more than 100 technological enterprises.... [read more]

(VOV) - The 10,000 Bridge Software Engineer (BrSE) programme will help provide Japan’s IT companies with young Vietnamese talents, said Japanese ambassador to Vietnam, Hiroshi Fukada. The ambassador made the statement at a recent meeting with FPT Chairman Truong Gia Binh to discuss cooperation in IT human resources between FPT group and Japanese businesses. Mr Miyamoto Akihiko, a representative from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) said the Japanese Government have always welcomed outstanding IT engineers from Vietnam and those trained under the BrSE programme, and hoped that Vietnamese bridge engineers will help strengthen friendship and cooperation between the two nations in several realms in the time ahead. The first engineers trained under The BrSE programme are expected to graduate in June 2016. Currently, many large Japanese businesses are willing to receive them. Japan is now implementing major projects such as My Number and technological projects to serve 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan, which will open up huge opportunities for Vietnamese businesses.... [read more]

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VGP - A special tour package to Japan from February 20 and March is being offered by Viet Nam Airlines and experienced local tour operators. Accordingly, the offered tour includes five days and four nights through Nagoya, Takayama, and Tokyo, costing VND26.299 million ($1,236) covering air fare, tax, travel fee, accommodation, transport, visa, insurance, and tour guide. A return economy-class fare on the Ha Noi-Tokyo route generally costs about VND20 million ($940). This special price includes taxes, surcharges, certain conditions, traveling costs, traveling insurances, destination entrance fee, visa and tour guides. The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on June 17, 2014 announced plans to relax visa rules for tourists from Viet Nam, Indonesia and the Philippines in a bid to double the number of foreign visitors ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Detailed information is available, Viet Nam Airlines booking offices nationwide, or call Ha Noi 04.38.320.320; Ho Chi Minh city 08.38.320.320. By Vien Nhu... [read more]

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Thuy Dung Two-thirds of tourists visit Tokyo Chieko Sugisaki, senior director of the tourism division under the Bureau of Tokyo Industrial and Labor Affairs, said at a "Tokyo City Promotion 2015" conference in Hanoi early last week that around two-thirds of 13 million foreign visitors to Japan last year dropped by Tokyo, including Vietnamese travelers. The city is attractive to foreigners as it is unique, exciting, comfortable and convenient, Sugisaki explained. Tokyo is an old city where traditions of more than 400 years have been well preserved but at the same time, have been blended with modern lifestyles. It is now one of the largest economic and political hubs in the world. Therefore, visitors can get hands-on knowledge of Tokyo as a convergent city with a unique cultural mix of classical and modern features, she said. On the other hand, Tokyo is busy, dynamic and safe, making tourists comfortable to hang out late at night. Moreover, Tokyo residents are friendly, so visitors can hardly feel lost despite language barriers. Especially, Tokyo is known for the best infrastructure in the world with modern public transport systems. Japan is famous for its Shinkansen, which is a network of high-speed railway lines with maximum speeds of around 300 kilometers per hour and with punctual service schedules. One more attractive point about Tokyo is its food culture as it has more than 100,000 Japanese restaurants, many of them granted the most Michelin Stars in Asia and in the world as well. Japanese cuisine Washoku…... [read more]