Down syndrome blood test draws interest and ire

| Mar 5, 2013

Down syndrome blood test draws interest and ire

Last summer, news that Japan was getting ready to introduce a new type of prenatal examination that requires only a simple blood test to detect whether a fetus has Down syndrome made headlines. News reports suggested hospitals were ready to start using the test ...

Feb 28, 2013

Assemblyman's rebuke of moms seeking day care draws outrage

Mothers should remember that the responsibility of raising children lies first with each household before making “shameless” demands for more nursery schools, a Suginami Ward Assembly member wrote Feb. 21 in his blog, drawing hundreds of angry comments. Yutaro Tanaka, a member of the ...

The long arm of the antipiracy law

Feb 28, 2013

The long arm of the antipiracy law

Captured half a world away, off the coast of Oman in the Indian Ocean, four Somalis are sent to Tokyo to stand trial for piracy after a failed attempt to hijack an oil tanker. Three have already been convicted by the Tokyo District Court.

Feb 23, 2013

Metro government's Senkaku donations gathering dust

The ¥1.48 billion that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government collected in donations to buy and maintain the Senkakus is just lying idle, waiting to be used, after the central government nipped in to snag the disputed islets in September. Money began pouring from last April ...

Suicide prompts wife to sue Tepco

Feb 22, 2013

Suicide prompts wife to sue Tepco

The last words that a Fukushima dairy farmer said to his wife in the Philippines over the phone on the morning of June 10, 2011, was to make sure that she and their children ate well, stayed healthy and didn’t return to Japan. Later ...

Wiped out city waits for Tokyo to wake up

Feb 8, 2013

Wiped out city waits for Tokyo to wake up

It has been almost two years since much of Tohoku’s coastline was wiped out by tsunami on March 11. Gone are many of the destroyed buildings and vehicles that served as reminders of the horror and tragedy caused by the monster earthquake in the ...

Jan 29, 2013

12-year term urged in Somalis' piracy trial

Prosecutors on Monday demanded 12-year prison terms for two Somalis being tried on charges of boarding and attempting to hijack a Bahama-registered oil tanker operated by a Japanese company in the Indian Ocean in 2011. This is the first case being prosecuted under the ...