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Blind activist elected to U.N. disability committee

Jun 15, 2016

Blind activist elected to U.N. disability committee

Jun Ishikawa on Tuesday became the first Japanese independent expert to be elected to the United Nation’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Blind for over 40 years, Ishikawa is chairman for the Committee on Disability Policy with the Cabinet Office. He ...

Jun 15, 2016

Masuzoe expenses scandal: a chronology

April 1979 to June 1989: Masuzoe is an assistant professor at the University of Tokyo, his alma mater. April 1999: He loses to Shintaro Ishihara in a Tokyo gubernatorial election. July 2001: Masuzoe elected to the Upper House on a Liberal Democratic Party ticket. ...

LGBT support grows among Japan schools

Jun 15, 2016

LGBT support grows among Japan schools

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Standing before about 140 high school students, Subaru Yamashita describes how he is physically and emotionally male and that he is attracted to men. “There is more than just male or female when it comes to a person’s physical and mental genders, and what ...

Jun 15, 2016

U.S. official sees opportunity in Obama's Hiroshima visit

U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Hiroshima provided a precious opportunity for the American public to think about the goal of creating a world free of nuclear weapons, a senior U.S. government official said Tuesday. Rose Gottemoeller, undersecretary of state for arms control ...