| Jul 14, 2014

LDP lawmaker apologizes for sexist jibe

A Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker apologized on June 23 for shouting a sexist remark at a female colleague from Your Party while she was asking questions about maternity support measures during a plenary session of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly.

| May 18, 2014

Silk mill endorsed for World Heritage site

A UNESCO advisory panel has recommended giving World Heritage status to the Tomioka Silk Mill, a historic factory building in Gunma Prefecture symbolizing Japan's industrialization from the 19th century, the Agency for Cultural Affairs announced April 26.

| Apr 27, 2014

Japan whaling future in doubt

The future of whaling in Japan was thrown into doubt after the International Court of Justice ruled March 31 that the nation's annual hunt in the A ntarctic was not really for scientific purposes, as Tokyo had claimed, and ordered it halted.