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3/11 survivors feeling lonely after moving into public housing for disaster victims: survey

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In a recent poll of people in the March 2011 disaster-hit prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima who moved to public housing for survivors, nearly ...

Japan to give ¥200,000 to eligible households as coronavirus cases rise

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As the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the global and national economies, officials said Friday the central government will give ¥200,000 in cash to ...

Student groups in Fukushima raise awareness of LGBT issues

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On one day in February, about 10 people gathered for a discussion hosted by Fukushima University students in the city to raise awareness on LGBT ...

Aichi schools’ field trips to Kanto upended by spread of COVID-19

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As the number of COVID-19 infections surge, especially in the Tokyo metropolitan area, many junior high schools in Aichi Prefecture have been forced to change ...

3/11 earthquake survivors in Iwate face isolation as the wait to leave makeshift houses drags on

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About 40 households who survived the March 2011 earthquakes and tsunami in the coastal areas of Iwate Prefecture are still stuck in makeshift housing, waiting ...

Japan-Russia visa-free program to be put off amid coronavirus scare

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The start of this year’s visa-free exchange program between Japan and Russia is set to be postponed amid the coronavirus crisis, Japanese government sources said ...

Yakuza group membership falls for 15th straight year

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The total membership of yakuza crime syndicates in Japan decreased for the 15th straight year to hit a record low in 2019, the National Police ...

Updated Japan COVID-19 map shows 13 new clusters, doubling last count

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The health ministry on Thursday updated for the first time in about two weeks its map showing clusters of new COVID-19 cases in the country.At ...

Catholic bishops forum finds 16 cases of child sexual abuse in Japan

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The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan has found 16 cases of sexual abuse against minors spanning from the 1950s to the 2010s in its internal ...

Chilean court approves extradition of suspect in Japanese woman’s murder to France

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The top court of Chile granted on Thursday a request by French prosecutors to extradite a man suspected of killing a Japanese student in France, ...

President of Japanese medical society in U.S. urges Japan to hurry COVID-19 measures

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 13:14
A doctor of Japanese heritage working to treat COVID-19 patients in New York said Wednesday that Japan should quickly implement measures to contain the spread ...

Town mayor admits to getting cash from scandal-hit ex-minister Kawai

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 11:41
A town mayor admitted Thursday to having received cash last year from veteran lawmaker Katsuyuki Kawai, who is involved in money misuse allegations related to ...

Japanese monster goes viral on hopes for end to coronavirus pandemic

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 08:49
Social media users have been getting creative recently with images of a legendary Japanese yōkai monster said to have emerged from the sea and prophesied ...

Japan sees record 4,300 cannabis offenders in 2019

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 08:04
A record 4,321 individuals were involved in cannabis cases in Japan last year, up 743 from the previous year for the sixth consecutive year of ...

Consumer consultations on coronavirus surge in Japan

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 07:22
The National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan said Thursday it received at least 8,617 consultations related to the novel coronavirus by the end of March.The ...

With suicide note and lawsuit, Moritomo scandal back to haunt Abe

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 07:05
With the publication of a suicide note by a former Finance Ministry official and subsequent lawsuit by his widow, the Moritomo Gakuen scandal has returned ...

Abenomask? Prime minister’s ‘two masks per home’ plan slammed on social media

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 06:27
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has quickly become an online meme following his announcement Wednesday evening that the government will distribute two cloth masks to every ...

Olympic flame to be shown for one month at Fukushima’s J-Village

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 04:24
The flame for the postponed Tokyo Games was put on public display Thursday at a soccer training center in Fukushima Prefecture that served as a ...

Japan starts certifying archivists after criticism of lax record-keeping

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 02:31
The National Archives of Japan will introduce a system in fiscal 2020 to certify archivists amid growing public criticism of lax management of official records ...

Coronavirus breaks the mold for telework in office-bound Japan

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 02:30
The long-standing stereotype of Japan’s office-bound “salaryman” is being tested as companies cautiously embrace working from home in a bid to stem the spread of ...

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