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Naha starts system to certify same-sex marriages

Jul 8, 2016

Naha starts system to certify same-sex marriages

The city of Naha in Okinawa Prefecture launched a system of certifying same-sex marriages Friday, becoming the fifth municipality in the nation to introduce such a system. Couples of the same registered sex aged 20 or older residing in Naha will be eligible to ...

Tokyo ward to resurrect dwelling famed for housing manga artists

Jul 8, 2016

Tokyo ward to resurrect dwelling famed for housing manga artists

Tokyo’s Toshima Ward plans to restore Tokiwa-so, a wooden apartment building known for housing many manga artists, including Osamu Tezuka, to promote the nation’s anime culture. The ward will create the building at a park near the place where Tokiwa-so originally stood, ward officials ...

Environment Ministry plans to support zoos breeding rare species

Jul 7, 2016

Environment Ministry plans to support zoos breeding rare species

The Environment Ministry is set to start a program to support zoos and botanical gardens making efforts to breed and preserve endangered species, informed sources said Thursday. Few of the zoological and botanical gardens set up by municipalities can cover their costs with admission ...