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Osaka votes down health-damages ordinance

Feb 05, 2013

Osaka votes down health-damages ordinance

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Members of Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s local party, Osaka Ishin no Kai, and New Komeito, which form the ruling coalition in the municipal assembly, voted against an ordinance proposal Monday that would have clarified the city’s financial responsibilities in the event of health problems ...

Cyclists who flout law face charges

| Feb 05, 2013

Cyclists who flout law face charges

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Traffic accidents have witnessed an overall decline in recent years, but the percentage of cases involving bicycles is on the rise. National Police Agency data show bicycles were involved in 20.8 percent of all traffic accidents in 2011, up 18.5 percent from 2001.

Feb 05, 2013

'Abenomics' missing the mark

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The economic policies enunciated by the Abe government may have some beneficial effects, but seem inadequate in themselves to revive the Japanese economy in the long run.

Feb 05, 2013

Suicide rate in decline

The annual number of suicides in Japan has fallen below the 30,000 level for the first time in 15 years, but suicide-prevention measures should not be slackened.

Feb 05, 2013

China's thick smog settling over Japan

The suffocating smog that blanketed swathes of China is now hitting parts of Japan, sparking warnings Monday of health risks for young people and those in poor health. The environment ministry’s website has been overloaded by worried people trying to determine what exactly is ...