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Jul 15, 2015

Sharp to improve safety of front-loading washing machines

Sharp Corp. will try to improve the safety of its front-loading washing machines for children, in the first move by a Japanese manufacturer to address the matter after a 7-year-old boy got stuck inside one in Tokyo in June and died. The Osaka-based Sharp ...

Jul 15, 2015

Ban on possession of child porn takes effect in Japan

Japan finally moved to ban the possession of pornographic photos and videos of children on Wednesday, amid growing international criticism as the only Group of Seven industrialized country that had not passed a law on the matter. After the Diet amended the law on ...

Okinawa bears war scars 70 years on

Jul 15, 2015

Okinawa bears war scars 70 years on

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Toshie Asato still regrets that she could not save the life of her 9-month-old baby in the closing days of World War II 70 years ago. The 94-year-old Okinawan left her home in the village of Kitanakagusuku in the central part of Okinawa island ...

Calls for disaster planning rethink amid fears of Big One

Jul 15, 2015

Calls for disaster planning rethink amid fears of Big One

As a nation that has suffered two large-scale natural catastrophes in the past two decades — in 1995 and 2011 — Japan has become known for its disaster prevention and risk reduction measures. In the wake of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, Japan began ...