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Japan Develops Its Smart Mask Amid Coronavirus

Hard times lead to great achievements; do you believe so? Before the coronavirus outbreak, creativity and invention didn’t mean a lot to many but these days have proved initiatives and ingenuity would make a huge difference across the world. A true example is Japan's brand-new invention: smart mask startup, which had paused its project before, returned to the business to apply creative face masks in the new, critical situation. The Donut Robotics has developed its C-FACE mask which is able to connect to the internet via Bluetooth. Once connected to a cellphone, the mask can help the mask wearer with keeping their social distance; it can even translate and digitalize the wearer’s voice. Equipped with a microphone and a software, the smart face covering is able to translate words into 8 languages, making communication more comfortable amidst the pandemic. Samira H.
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By Samira Hassanzadeh on October 19, 2021

Japan's Target To Clear Emissions By 2050

With a plan to clear out gasoline by 2025, Japan announced its target of carbon-free emissions by 2050. Japan’s new Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga, has focused on green gasses and removal of gasoline-operated autos. Determined to improve Japan’s situation amidst the pandemic, he aims to go with the goal already followed by the EU and countries like China. Japan’s government plans to support green growth scheme through a fund worth 2 trillion yens. According to "green growth strategy" electric cars will replace chic gasoline-fueled vehicles by 2035. To encourage customers, the government will reduce vehicle batteries’ costs by over half (to 10,000 or even less per kWh) in 10 years from now. Also targeting to increase hydrogen use to 3 million tons by then, the country has defined a strategy to address 14 industries including fuel ammonia and offshore wind power to get rid of carbon emissions. SamiraH.
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By Samira Hassanzadeh on October 19, 2021

Rising Unemployment Rate in Japan

Japan is undergoing a high unemployment rate; reportedly the highest point since mid-2017. Hit by the coronavirus, the labor force has hard time struggling in the market. The rate increased to 3% in the month of August, the first time after 2017. Other data from the labor ministry declares that in August for each 100 job hunters there were only 104 job opportunities. This is while a month ago there were 108 job openings. Apart from the global crisis of Covid-19, the country already faced other issues like natural disasters and consumption tax rise. Non-obligatory lockdown along with closed borders blew the economy especially in tourism sector and hospitality part. Samira H.
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By Samira Hassanzadeh on October 19, 2021

Japanese Female Workforce Beats U.S. and Europe

Japan’s female workforce has risen, exceeding Europe and the U.S. in percentage, according to Kathy Matsui , the former vice chair and chief Japan strategist for global investment bank Goldman Sachs. “Womenomics”, a term created by her, was welcomed by Shinzo Abe, the popular former Prime Minister, who took measures to allow women to take more part in the country’s economy. She said, in the past the number of women working out was little; this trend is different today. The percentage of working women was near 72% prior to the pandemic, versus 67% in the U.S. and 63% in Europe, she said. However, she stated there’s still obstacles for them to take over leadership posts, compared to developed countries. Women managers ratio stands at 15% and the rate for women in board directors is single digit, she said. Matsui added the employers should feel responsible to empower female community and grant them authority roles. Samira H.
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By Samira Hassanzadeh on October 19, 2021

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