A contemporary dance performance will commence at the beautiful Tougakuin Temple in Kawasaki city. After the performance, a Zen meditation session will be held by vice head priest Mr. Koshin Nakajima in the main prayer hall. Both the performance and Zen meditation session are free. (Donations are accepted)
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Traveling with multiple devices? Renting a pocket wifi router in Japan is the best way to get connected.
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When applying to jobs in Japan, you may have noticed that a majority of the jobs offered for foreigners are for teaching English as an ALT or in an Eikawa setting.
Fortunately, there are other options for those with a technical background who are interested in Japan but do not have a visa. Companies such as Lighthouse Global act as a middleman in the process to connect you with a Japanese company to start your career. However, it is quite different from a normal application. This process will be an internship to potential hire rather than a direct hire. This might sound bizarre or risky, but it allows an employer to have time with you before having to spend time and effort in providing a visa for you. This in turn allows companies to connect more frequently with foreigners, providing more opportunities for you.
In my case, I applied through the Japan Career Program that has a partnership with Lighthouse Global and was contacted within a month for an initial interview screening. During this interview, depending on the Japanese level that you indicated in the application, you will be interviewed in English or Japanese. You need to sell yourself to the recruiter as he is creating your profile that will be made public to your potential employers. If you have previous work experience, explain what you do or did and how that has benefited your previous employer, and co-workers. Discuss any skills that you have developed on your own or outside of work that may be of interest to potential employers. If you are fresh out of university, explain what you did in school, your skill sets, and technologies that you are interested in. Most importantly, explain to the recruiter why you want to work in Japan. Say more than, …continue reading
A luxury condo development in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, has sold out. The Residence Kanazawa forms part of a mixed-use project that includes the Hyatt House and Hyatt Centric Kanazawa Hotel.
This was the most expensive apartment building to be offered for sale in the prefecture. Sales began in October 2018 with an average of 1.4 offers made per apartment. One-bedroom apartments were priced in the 30 million Yen range, with 75 sqm three-bedroom apartments selling from 53 million Yen. A 180 sqm penthouse was priced at 199.8 million Yen.
Half of the buyers were local city residents, 20% were from other parts of Ishikawa Prefecture, and the remaining 30% were from outside of the prefecture, including some from overseas.
Construction of the 15-story, 114-unit building is due for completion in April 2020.
Another new condo development on the opposite side of Kanazawa Station has reported receiving higher than expected inquiries after sales began in December 2019.
Source: The Hokkoku Shimbun, January 14, 2020.
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Source: East Asia Forum
Author: Mu Li, Sydney University
China is still facing the spread of the novel coronavirus (now known as COVID-19). On 30 January, the World Health Organization (WHO) convened the second meeting of the Emergency Committee under International Health Regulations regarding the COVID-19 outbreak in China and its movement across borders. Following recommendations from the Emergency Committee, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared the COVID-19 outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
In justifying the PHEIC declaration, the Director-General emphasised the ‘sort of damage this virus could do if it were to spread in a country with a weaker health system’. The PHEIC has put the Chinese government under enormous pressure to contain the spread of the virus. As of 21 February, epidemiological data from China’s National Health Commission showed that there are 53,284 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 11,477 critically-ill patients and 2345 deaths — surpassing those of the 2003 SARS epidemic. There are 618,915 suspected cases of close contact, among which 113,564 are under medical observation. There are likely to be far more cases than these numbers suggest.
The main transmission mechanism of COVID-19 is respiratory droplets and close contact. The complete travel restriction from the outbreak’s epicentre in Wuhan imposed on 23 January have proven to be crucial and necessary — especially as the timing of the outbreak coincided with the world’s largest human migration event, the Chinese New Year public holidays.
Combining epidemiological and human mobility data, including information on flight and train bookings and mobile-phone use, a preliminary evaluation found that the Wuhan travel ban slowed the spread of COVID-19 from Wuhan to other cities in China by 2.9 days. This delay provided critical time to establish and reinforce disease control and management measures.
Together with the …continue reading