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HIROSAKI, Japan—Many areas of Japan are running so short of working-age people that local-government administrators are helping out on farms. On a recent weekend, Yoshiaki Kato joined a few elderly women in harvesting apples at an orchard in Hirosaki, a city in the country’s north. Mr. Kato also occasionally carried baskets of the fruit and loaded them onto a cart before driving them away to be sorted by size and quality.
A Salt-Loving Nation Tries to Shake the Habit
  + stars: | 2022-10-16 | by ( Miho Inada | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
TOKYO—Pickled squid innards and cucumbers in brine are among the foods that make Japanese meals strikingly salty. Don’t forget the soy sauce. Government health officials worry all that salt is driving high blood pressure, a condition sprinkled across half the adults in Japan. Yet rather than trying to remake Japanese cuisine, food researchers are working to sate salt lust without sodium’s unsavory side effects.
A temporary altar was set up for the public to pay respects outside the Nippon Budokan, site of Shinzo Abe’s funeral. TOKYO—World leaders gathered Tuesday for the state funeral of Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe , who was killed by an assassin’s bullet in July. Vice President Kamala Harris leads the U.S. delegation, which includes three former ambassadors to Japan and the current ambassador, Rahm Emanuel .
TOKYO—World leaders and successors of Shinzo Abe paid tribute to Japan’s longest-serving prime minister at a state funeral, while thousands of people protested the event nearby. The send off for Mr. Abe, who was killed by an assassin’s bullet in July, reflected the divisions that also marked his term in office. Vice President Kamala Harris remembered Mr. Abe as a champion of the U.S.-Japan alliance, and his allies mourned the loss of a leader they said devoted his life to improving Japan.
The reputation of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was killed earlier this year, has taken a hit. TOKYO—Few in Japan anticipated the events of July 8, when a man with a homemade gun walked up behind former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a rally and shot him to death. The political reverberations in the months since have been almost as surprising.
Japan hopes to double the prepandemic number of tourists that visited Japan to 60 million by 2030; downtown Tokyo this month. Japan said it would reopen the country next month to regular tourism, hoping to leverage the cheap yen to attract visitors and lift its sluggish economy. The move, set to take effect Oct. 11, belatedly puts Japan on par with other leading economies that have relaxed or eliminated pandemic-related restrictions and reopened to global travel. For more than 2½ years, Tokyo has generally barred individual tourists from visiting the country.
Japan is preparing to lift Covid-19 entry restrictions on individual international travelers visiting outside of an authorized tour group. Japan is getting ready to join other top Asia-Pacific destinations in fully reopening to tourism. But the region’s beaches, shopping meccas and cultural sites are finding the return to pre-Covid prosperity is slower than in the U.S. and Europe, in part because would-be Chinese tourists are still largely stuck at home. Government officials in Tokyo said Prime Minister Fumio Kishida was preparing soon to lift entry restrictions and put Japan on par with the U.S. and European nations that generally allow short-term tourists to visit freely without Covid-19 tests. Currently, Japan bars individual tourists.
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