Evacuees served hot meals

Mar 24, 2011

Evacuees served hot meals

Six days since shelters opened in Tokyo for tsunami survivors from the Tohoku region, evacuees finally tasted hot meals Wednesday thanks to volunteers. “I really appreciate a hot meal because we hadn’t had it for a while,” said Nanami Nitama, a 22-year-old nursery school ...

Mar 23, 2011

Residents safe: Fukushima adviser

Residents of Fukushima and neighboring prefectures, let alone Tokyo, have little to fear from radiation exposure because current levels are far below what would pose a health risk, a newly appointed medical adviser to Fukushima Prefecture said Tuesday. Speaking at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club ...

Prefectures open shelters for tsunami survivors

Mar 19, 2011

Prefectures open shelters for tsunami survivors

SAITAMA — Governments in the Kanto region opened shelters Thursday for people who have evacuated from northern Japan. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government opened the Tokyo Budokan arena in Adachi Ward and Ajinomoto Stadium in Chofu for 1,600 evacuees. Officials also secured three places in ...

Mar 17, 2011

Blood donations up nationwide

In addition to money, food, blankets and medicine, many across Japan are donating blood to help the survivors of Friday’s devastation in the Tohoku region. In Tokyo, 2,284 people showed up at Japanese Red Cross Society blood donation centers Sunday, up from 1,944 a ...

| Mar 15, 2011

Rolling blackouts to affect lifelines, transportation, medical needs

Tokyo Electric Power Co. started rationing power throughout much of the Kanto plain on Monday to prevent a nuclear power plant crisis in Fukushima Prefecture from causing a complete blackout of the Tokyo metropolitan region and surrounding areas. The prefectures affected include Tokyo, Gunma, ...

Mar 11, 2011

Moms speak out for Hague treaty

Japanese mothers whose children were spirited away by their foreign husbands urged the government Thursday to sign the Hague Treaty to prevent cross-border parental child abductions. One of the mothers said she wants Japan to sign the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of ...

Activist fighting for LGBT rights

Mar 11, 2011

Activist fighting for LGBT rights

Harvey Milk is part of U.S. history but Japan has yet to see anyone like him 32 years after his assassination, according to Taiga Ishikawa, an openly gay candidate running for the Toshima Ward Assembly in Tokyo. Harvey Milk was the first openly gay ...

Edano named as temporary minister: Kan

Mar 8, 2011

Edano named as temporary minister: Kan

Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Monday appointed Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano to temporarily double as foreign minister following Seiji Maehara’s Sunday resignation for accepting illegal donations from a foreign national. Edano’s temporary appointment and Maehara’s resignation were approved at the day’s Cabinet meeting. ...

Mar 2, 2011

Budget passed but 16 in DPJ skip vote

The Democratic Party of Japan’s executive council said Tuesday it will suspend the party membership of the leader of 16 DPJ rebels who refused to attend a Lower House plenary vote on the fiscal 2011 budget, which cleared the chamber anyway in a session ...

Ozawa ally quits farm post, fanning fears of DPJ meltdown

Feb 25, 2011

Ozawa ally quits farm post, fanning fears of DPJ meltdown

A Democratic Party of Japan lawmaker close to Ichiro Ozawa tendered his resignation Thursday as parliamentary secretary of the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry, adding to Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s woes. “I was told by (agriculture minister Michihiko) Kano to stay on in my ...