Temple in Gifu seeks elderly disciples

| Apr 27, 2013

Temple in Gifu seeks elderly disciples

Shogen Junior College, a Buddhist institution in Minokamo, Gifu Prefecture, launched a unique course this month that trains elderly students to become Buddhist priests. The curriculum targets people in their 50s and 60s, even though they may find some of Buddhism’s strict ascetic practices ...

Gifu opens women-only dorm for drug addicts

| Apr 20, 2013

Gifu opens women-only dorm for drug addicts

A month has passed since drug rehabilitation center Gifu Darc opened the first dormitory in the Tokai region for female addicts. The center, in the city of Gifu, currently has only one female patient, 28, who was identified only by the pseudonym Aya, who ...

Aichi tries to hang on to female doctors

| Apr 13, 2013

Aichi tries to hang on to female doctors

Starting from April, female doctors with children at Fujita Health University Hospital in Toyoake, Aichi Prefecture, who need shorter working hours to care for their young will have the option of working 20 or 30 hours a week, instead of the regular 40 hours. ...

Myanmar beautician has Tsu-do list

| Mar 23, 2013

Myanmar beautician has Tsu-do list

Aspiring Myanmar beautician Yin Myat Noe Aung came to Japan with the hope of opening her own salon back home one day. The 23-year-old, who graduated this month from a beauty school in Tsu, Mie Prefecture, said she wants to introduce and make Japanese ...

Women see, touch war-era paper again

| Feb 23, 2013

Women see, touch war-era paper again

Three former students who were involved in making paper balloon bombs at a Nagoya school during the war saw and touched the “washi” (traditional Japanese paper) used to make the balloons for the first time in 68 years on Feb. 16. The paper used ...

Exhibition to honor '01 school massacre dead

| Feb 16, 2013

Exhibition to honor '01 school massacre dead

Twelve years ago, Ami Kifushi was a sixth-grader at Ikeda Elementary School in Osaka Prefecture when a knife-wielding intruder entered the premises, killed eight students and wounded several others. Next month, Kifushi, 23, will graduate from Mie University with a bachelor’s degree in education. ...

Nagano city takes roundabout tack

| Feb 8, 2013

Nagano city takes roundabout tack

In what is being touted as a local first, a new roundabout is in operation in the Towa district of Iida, Nagano Prefecture, in a bid to ease congestion and eliminate the need for traffic lights. The Towa roundabout, which went into operation Tuesday, ...