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Flamboyant lawyer Kawai fighting for Fukushima victims

Apr 12, 2016

Flamboyant lawyer Kawai fighting for Fukushima victims

Lawyer Hiroyuki Kawai stands out in Japan, a nation dominated by somber dark suits: When not in a courtroom, he often wears colorful shirts and crystal-covered animal pins. He is a noh dancer, a tenor and, of late, a filmmaker. His ride is a ...

Nov 17, 2015

Fuel reprocessing plant in northern Japan delayed again, to 2018

The operator of the nuclear fuel reprocessing facility in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, is postponing the plant’s opening to as late as September 2018, citing regulators’ lengthy inspection procedures and time needed for safety upgrades. The plant has raised proliferation concerns because the plutonium it ...

'Womenomics' achieves baby steps but social forces limit progress

Oct 29, 2015

'Womenomics' achieves baby steps but social forces limit progress

Two years after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made women’s advancement a policy priority, statistics suggest Japan’s male-dominated workplaces have evolved slightly, but they also highlight the deep-seated societal forces keeping the gender gap alive. The central government exceeded its 30 percent target for hiring ...