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 ...

Jan 13, 2015

Lecturer resigns after stripping on campus for student lover

A 55-year-old part-time computer science lecturer resigned from Taisho University in Tokyo on Thursday after being found naked in a corridor. The man had stripped amid a row with his 21-year-old lover, a student with whom he lived, a university official said. The woman ...

Autistic people find independence at unique facility in Saitama

Dec 30, 2014

Autistic people find independence at unique facility in Saitama

Due to a dearth of job opportunities in Japan for autistic people, mainly deriving from a lack of understanding toward the disorder, it is often difficult for them to lead independent lives after they attain adulthood. However, an institution in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, is ...