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Nagoya YWCA offers language classes with day care

| Dec 5, 2014

Nagoya YWCA offers language classes with day care

The Nagoya YWCA School of Japanese Language in Aichi Prefecture has added a “Bambina” course to its curriculum. Targeted at foreign parents with preschool children, the lessons cover expressions useful for daily life with a focus on those helpful for looking after toddlers in ...

Chinese public has no appetite for Senkakus fight: poll

| Dec 5, 2014

Chinese public has no appetite for Senkakus fight: poll

by Ben Dooley

A majority of Chinese citizens believe the United Nations, not the battlefield, is the proper venue for settling their country’s maritime disputes with Japan, according to a first-of-its-kind opinion poll released last week. The survey, as reported by the University of Western Australia’s Perth ...

Dec 5, 2014

Advocate urges U.N. to tap disabled when prepping for disasters

Akiko Fukuda, secretary-general of the World Federation of the Deafblind, pressed the international community at the United Nations this week to include the perspectives of the disabled when devising disaster-preparedness plans. “Up to this point people with disabilities are the target of programs but ...

Dec 5, 2014

Boy, 12, told of school bullying before apparent suicidal leap

A 12-year-old Filipino boy in Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture, was found dead Monday in an apparent suicide, the Gunma Prefectural Police said Thursday. They said the boy, whose name was not disclosed, must have jumped from the seventh floor of his apartment building because a ...

Dec 4, 2014

JAXA wants to change clunky name of 1999 JU3 asteroid

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency aims to give a name to the destination asteroid for the Hayabusa2 mission, which blasted off Wednesday, a senior agency official said. It might consider asking the public for a name, said Hitoshi Kuninaka, a professor and project manager ...

Dec 4, 2014

Emperor, Empress visit Hiroshima A-bomb memorial

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Thursday visited Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima and laid flowers at the cenotaph for atomic bomb victims. Afterward, the Imperial couple visited one of the city’s four nursing homes for hibakusha and offered words of encouragement to the ...

Dec 4, 2014

China faces dumping duties over exported chemical

China is dumping a chemical substance used in making beds and car seats in the Japanese market, the Japanese government said in a provisional determination Thursday. Toluene diisocyanate is being sold at an estimated dumping margin of 74.67 percent, according to the determination. The ...