Feb 27, 2015

Bunkyo plans measures to aid sexual minorities

Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward will consider measures relating to sexual minorities by March 2016, a ward official said, following a recent proposal by Shibuya Ward to issue certificates recognizing same-sex unions. The measures have yet to be decided, and while it remains to be seen ...

Feb 26, 2015

NPO aims to recycle hotel soap to help poor nations

A nonprofit organization plans to collect unused soap from upscale Tokyo hotels and recycle it into bars for use in the developing world, and is currently seeking funds to buy the equipment it needs. On Feb. 15, the Global Soap Project, a United States-based ...

Feb 20, 2015

Officials pull plug on teacher survey about LGBT students

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Education Bureau has halted an independent survey of how junior high and high schools cater to sexual minorities, citing problems with some of the questions. The organizers, a group calling itself Respect Life: White Ribbon Campaign, mailed questionnaires to staff ...

Feb 4, 2015

Malware targets users seeking info on Islamic State group

Sophisticated computer malware has been infecting computers when users visit certain blogs that discuss the Islamic State militant group. The Tokyo-based Cyber Defense Institute said Wednesday that several Arabic-language blogs offering apparently independent analysis of issues around the Islamic State contain hidden code which ...

Venerable Children's Castle in Tokyo set to close after 30 years

Jan 30, 2015

Venerable Children's Castle in Tokyo set to close after 30 years

After 30 years, Kodomo-no-shiro (National Children’s Castle), the venerable children’s arts and sports complex in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward, is set to shut its doors. “I’m really sad it’s closing,” Hiroko Ogura from neighboring Setagaya Ward said last Friday as she and her 2-year-old daughter ...

Japanese at higher risk of kidnap, analyst says

Jan 29, 2015

Japanese at higher risk of kidnap, analyst says

As the latest Islamic State deadline ticked closer on Thursday, one analyst said the Abe administration’s response to the hostage crisis may leave other Japanese at risk of being kidnapped as political extremists and profiteers now see them as easy prey. Nobuhiko Suto, an ...

Tokyo's hydrogen mission starts now

| Jan 26, 2015

Tokyo's hydrogen mission starts now

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is setting up a ¥40 billion fund to promote the use of hydrogen energy and promote Japan’s ecological technologies ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games. The fund, according to the draft fiscal 2015 budget, is intended to cover the cost ...

Activist says Uganda documentary may aid LGBT cause

Jan 23, 2015

Activist says Uganda documentary may aid LGBT cause

Japan has developed a more favorable view of sexual minorities in recent years, but activist Mameta Endo wants to raise awareness of the issue further by encouraging people to take in a documentary that captures the hatred, harassment, and risk of prison time such ...