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Newsline: Turkey summons Japanese ambassador over ‘visa disappointment’

Turkey has voiced its disappointment after Japan decided to not hire Turkish workers as part of its new foreign worker policy. Within the framework of the new law that regulates residence permits for foreign workers in Japan that will take effect in April, Japan has listed Turkey in the draft published regarding the countries from which foreign workers will not be accepted. Hami Aksoy emphasized that this situation does not reflect the spirit of the strategic partnership and deep-rooted, friendly relations between the two countries, saying that Turkey believes that the decision will be reviewed and corrected as soon as possible. “By summoning Japan’s ambassador to Ankara to our ministry, we conveyed our inconvenience to him,” Aksoy said in a statement. The number of foreigners working in Japan reached a record high of 1.46 million, rising twofold over the past five years as the country grapples with a labor shortage, government data showed recently. The figure as of October 2018 represented a 14 percent increase from the previous year and the sixth consecutive annual gain, according to The Nikkei newspaper, citing data from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.



Newsline: Japan’s embassy in China hectic ahead of Lunar New Year holiday

Japan’s embassy and consulates general in China are in the midst of their busiest season of the year for the issuance of visas to Chinese citizens ahead of the week-long Lunar New Year holiday starting Feb 4, diplomats said. In recent days, thousands of Chinese people have visited the Japanese Embassy in Beijing daily to apply for tourist visas. On Friday morning, Chinese passports were piled up on desks at the office in charge of visa issuance. As the Japanese government this month eased requirements for tourist visas issued to Chinese nationals, the number of applicants appears to be increasing by “10 to 20 percent” from the previous year, an embassy official said. With relations between Tokyo and Beijing improving, more Chinese people are expected to visit Japan, the official said.


Newsline: Japanese FM visiting to inaugurate first-ever embassy of Japan in Cyprus

Japanese state minister for foreign affairs Kazuyuki Nakane will be in Cyprus o Monday on an official visit during which he will meet his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Christodoulides. The visit was described as “particularly important” by the presidential palace as Nakane visiting Cyprus comes within the framework of the inauguration of the first Japanese Embassy in Nicosia, which will take place Monday at 7.30pm in the presence of the president. “The opening of the Japanese embassy is a development that offers significant new prospects for deepening cooperation with a country of crucial regional and international importance, such as Japan,” the palace said in a statement.


Newsline: Bulgarian Embassy first secretary found dead after fall in Japan

A man, identified as the first secretary at the Bulgarian Embassy in Japan, was found dead on the ground in front of a commercial building in Shinjuku on Monday morning in what appears to be a suicide, police said. At around 9:45 a.m., a passerby called emergency services saying that he saw a man “falling from a high place,” Sankei Shimbun reported. When emergency services arrived at the scene, they found the man lying on the ground unconscious. He was taken to a hospital where he was soon pronounced dead. The man was identified as the first secretary of the Bulgarian Embassy in Tokyo, which is located in Shibuya ward. The man, whose name has been withheld, was 41 years old and had apparently begun his term at the embassy in March. Eyewitnesses reported to the police that they saw the man standing on the 7th floor on the building shortly before he fell to his death. There was no suicide note found at the scene, police said.


Newsline: Japanese Embassy in US responds to false story about Tokyo restaurant serving up human meat

There are no Tokyo restaurants offering human meat on the menu and cannibalism has not been legalized in Japan, despite a false story circulating online, writes Thomas Mattingly, a spokesman at the Japanese Embassy in Washington. The statement follows presentation of the false claims as news in a post by website worldtruth.tv, which suggested an unnamed Argentinian tourist sampled the meat at a restaurant called Edible Brother and that young people are making deals to sell their bodies in return for payments to their families. The embassy says the current story may have developed from a 2016 piece on a satire website that has many of the same details.


Newsline: Japanese men nabbed in shooting at de facto North Korea embassy

Police said they arrested two Japanese men believed to be right-wing activists for shooting early Friday at North Korea’s de facto embassy in Tokyo. The men fired several shots at the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, a pro-North Korean group representing ethnic Koreans in Japan, Tokyo metropolitan police said. The men, aged 46 and 56, drove by in a vehicle and one of them fired several shots, police said. The gate was damaged but nobody was injured. The motive was not known. Japanese media reports said the two men have staged protests criticizing the pro-North Korean group, also known as Chongryon. Patrolling police rushed to the closely monitored building and arrested the two on the spot, confiscating a gun, police said. The two men face allegations of damaging a building and could also face allegations of violating gun control laws.


Newsline: South Korean Man Threatened To Blow Up The Japanese Embassy

NBC’s Olympic coverage apparently infuriated one man so much that he threatened to bomb an embassy. A middle-aged South Korean man was detained for threatening to blow up the Japanese embassy in Seoul with dynamite after an NBC commentator insensitively praised Japanese occupation of the Korean Peninsula, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported Sunday, citing local police. The man confessed to the charges, admitting he made the call to the embassy in a fit of rage while drunk.