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| Apr 1, 2014

Japan gears up to follow child custody treaty

As Japan formally joins the international treaty for settling cross-border child custody disputes, the government, the judicial community and social workers began preparing to support parents and children separated as a result of failed marriages.

Tokyo cuts CO₂ emissions but hoards credits

Mar 14, 2014

Tokyo cuts CO₂ emissions but hoards credits

About four years after Asia’s first mandatory greenhouse gas emissions-reduction scheme was launched by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, businesses in the capital have succeeded in drastically cutting carbon dioxide emissions without depending on emissions credit trading. Due mainly to the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear ...

Japan Inc. takes tentative steps toward empowering women

Jan 2, 2014

Japan Inc. takes tentative steps toward empowering women

Japan, notorious for its failure to overcome wide gender disparities, seems to have finally gotten serious about utilizing the “untapped resources” of women to enhance national competitiveness and boost economic growth amid the population decline. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has revived a government target ...

May 25, 2013

Care urged for split families when Japan joins Hague pact

With the Diet endorsing the Hague Convention to help settle parental cross-border child abductions after years of lobbying by foreign governments and citizens, Japan is being urged to provide adequate support to parents and children separated through failed marriages. The 1980 Hague Convention on ...

Dutch gay ex-lawmaker urges Japan to promote LGBT rights

May 24, 2013

Dutch gay ex-lawmaker urges Japan to promote LGBT rights

A former lawmaker who played a big role in making the Netherlands in 2001 the first country to legalize same-sex marriage has called on Japan to make more efforts to promote the human rights of sexual minorities. “We would love to see Japan and ...

Tsunami-hit city aims to be reborn

Jan 1, 2013

Tsunami-hit city aims to be reborn

In a coastal city flattened by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, a project is under way to rebuild the area as a self-sustaining community that will be in harmony with nature by making use of Danish knowhow on renewable energy. The city ...

| Dec 14, 2012

Disaster-hit areas seek more than just words

In areas ravaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, voters frustrated with the slow pace of recovery and anxious about their future are looking for their elected leaders to put together a faster and more robust reconstruction effort. In hard-hit Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, ...

Efficient 'smart cities' gain traction after disasters

Aug 23, 2012

Efficient 'smart cities' gain traction after disasters

The power shortages that hit the country following the March 2011 disasters made better energy management an imperative and spawned efforts to create efficient “smart cities.” Ideas for these environmentally friendly communities that employ cutting-edge technology have been flourishing — especially in the disaster-hit ...