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Japanese Firms Use Foreign Trainees As Cheap Labor

Thousands of foreign workers from poorer countries come to Japan every year with high hopes of improving their job skills. However, many in the government organised scheme are disappointed to find they learn nothing new and are simply put to work in menial jobs which Japanese would not do for the pay the foreigners get.   Read More!

Models Try for Contract and $150,000 Prize Money

Aspiring supermodels will get their chance to have their names in lights on Saturday May 20 on the second floor of the Plaza House, where the Elite Model Look 2000 competition takes place from 5pm to 6 pm. The event which has been held at Plaza House for the last three years is likely to attract a lot of onlookers.   Read More!

Travel

Osaka

Osaka became the first capital of Japan in the 7th century. Eventually the capital was moved to nearby Nara and then Kyoto, but Osaka continued to be an area of foreign trade and economic strength.   Read More!

Chiang Mai: the Rose of the North

Thailand is undoubtedly one of the world’s leading tourist destinations due to its rich culture, unparalleled natural beauty, world-famous food, and exquisite handicrafts. If you love the beach, head for the south.   Read More!

Opinion

Letters to the Editor

Have You Seen Mieko Arakaki ? Mieko Arakaki was married to a service member on March 17 1971 in a Naha courthouse. She, her husband and their son Andy were separated when her husband Glen was sent back to the United States.   Read More!

The Betrayal Of Adam Smith

The following article is the first of an occasional series Japan Update will be running on some topics a bit more intellectualy stimulating than where to go for the best sushi, which band is hot or not etc. The following is excerpted from David C.   Read More!

Shopping

Come to Hamby Town Flea Market

As the evening begins in, so do Hamby Town’s Flea Market vendors start setting up their stalls. The Flea Market is on the road that runs parallel to the ocean, opposite the Hit cell phone shop.   Read More!

Gourmet

Island Gets Hawaiian Flavor As Hokulea Opens

A new Hawaiian restaurant has opened in the American Village, Hokulea. The name means “Star” (Hok) “Lea” (Happiness).   Read More!

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