Moms here also face custody torment

Jun 5, 2012

Moms here also face custody torment

As Japan’s ratification of an international treaty that helps settle international child custody disputes awaits Diet approval, some mothers are dealing with the distress of their non-Japanese spouses taking their children abroad at the last minute. These women face difficulties in enlisting wide support, ...

Irish Chernobyl campaigner shares lessons with people of Fukushima

Mar 24, 2012

Irish Chernobyl campaigner shares lessons with people of Fukushima

During a fact-finding trip to Fukushima Prefecture, an Irish supporter of children affected by the 1986 Chernobyl disaster discovered “many mirror images” between the crisis here and the world’s worst nuclear accident, which still haunts people in contaminated zones. Adi Roche, 56, chief executive ...

Tokyo eateries lend Tohoku a hand

Mar 17, 2012

Tokyo eateries lend Tohoku a hand

Tokyo restaurants have started giving their patrons a chance to support Tohoku reconstruction by serving up traditional food and drink from the region and buying produce from farmers and fishermen there. An “izakaya” pub in the Ginza district, which used to specialize in traditional ...

Cherry trees to mark tsunami line

Mar 9, 2012

Cherry trees to mark tsunami line

Residents of the tsunami-ravaged coastal city of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, have launched a project to plant cherry trees marking the points where the waves reached March 11 to warn future generations about a repeat of the catastrophe. Organizers of the project have been motivated ...

Visa problem makes separation from kids even worse

Mar 2, 2012

Visa problem makes separation from kids even worse

For some foreign parents who have been separated from their children due to divorce from their Japanese spouses, the expiration of their spousal visa makes matters worse as intervention by immigration officials can easily sever their ties with their kids. Supporters of these foreign ...

Moms make radiation risks a study

Dec 14, 2011

Moms make radiation risks a study

Concerned about the possible negative impact of radiation spewed by the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant on their children’s heath, mothers in their 20s who work as fashion models have begun studying the issue to raise awareness among other moms of their generation. Representing ...

Dec 3, 2011

Father calls for custody law reform

A U.S.-based Nicaraguan who fought a legal battle with his Japanese ex-wife over custody of their 9-year-old daughter has called on the government to revise the judicial system, saying the lack of power to enforce court rulings is hindering the resolution of such disputes. ...

Nov 24, 2011

U.N. group wants to learn from 3/11 response

A U.N. body that coordinates international offers of help after major natural disasters has called for closer cooperation with Japan, hoping to learn from the response to the March 11 catastrophe and enhance its knowledge and expertise. Rashid Khalikov, head of the Geneva branch ...

Nov 18, 2011

Microfinance funds to help rebuild small Tohoku businesses

An operator of online retail investment funds that support fledgling musicians has found a new niche helping small businesses devastated by the March 11 disasters through microfinancing, or small-lot lending that does not require collateral. Tokyo-based Music Securities Inc. set up new funds in ...