Lawmaker alleges sex-slave denial censored

Mar 15, 2013

Lawmaker alleges sex-slave denial censored

The deletion from YouTube of statements by Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) lawmaker Nariaki Nakayama denying the Imperial Japanese Army forced thousands of Asian females to provide sex for soldiers during the war has once again put NHK under the national spotlight. ...

NPO brought Tohoku's foreigners together

Mar 12, 2013

NPO brought Tohoku's foreigners together

A teacher congratulates a Philippine student for acing a Japanese-language test at a local community hall. Her instructor, Kanae Sato, is from Taiwan, and like most of the residents of Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, both saw their homes destroyed by tsunami two years ago. “Studying ...

Mar 8, 2013

Nation on 'right path' to beat deflation, Shirakawa says

Departing Bank of Japan Gov. Masaaki Shirakawa said Thursday that the country is on the “right path” to ending its decades-long deflation. The bank upgraded its assessment of the domestic economy at its Policy Board meeting, likely the last for Shirakawa, who is stepping ...

New tsunami alerts set to debut

Mar 6, 2013

New tsunami alerts set to debut

The Meteorological Agency's revised tsunami warning system starts up at noon Thursday to better alert the public over the threat of massive waves hitting land.

Tepid water helps Abe maintain?

Feb 21, 2013

Tepid water helps Abe maintain?

The economy may be heating up, the weather outside may be chilly, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sticks to the middle of the road: lukewarm water. In a Tuesday Facebook entry from the prime minister’s office, Abe wrote that the contents of the thermos ...

Take care with ticks to avoid potentially fatal illness

| Feb 21, 2013

Take care with ticks to avoid potentially fatal illness

The health ministry confirmed Tuesday that the tick-borne disease thrombocytopenia syndrome, or SFTS, was responsible for the death of an adult male in Hiroshima last summer, bringing the number of known domestic fatalities to four. Nine other similar deaths are being investigated. Here are ...

BOJ stands pat on monetary easing, ups assessment

Feb 15, 2013

BOJ stands pat on monetary easing, ups assessment

The Bank of Japan on Thursday put off additional monetary easing while raising its assessment of the economy, saying it appears to have stopped weakening. After its two-day Policy Board meeting drew to a close, BOJ Gov. Masaaki Shirakawa told a news conference that ...