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Aug 29, 2014

2,900 children officially declared missing in Japan

Some 2,900 children below the age of 18 were deemed missing as of May 1 this year, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroshige Seko said Friday. The figure represents the number of children in Japan registered with municipalities as citizens but who could not be ...

Abductee hopes hinge on Kim

Aug 29, 2014

Abductee hopes hinge on Kim

Japan is confident some of the more than a dozen citizens abducted by North Korean agents over three decades ago are alive, and is counting on Kim Jong Un to return them, said the minister in charge of the issue. “We are holding negotiations ...

Aug 29, 2014

Intractable disease list grows by 100 in subsidy push

A health ministry panel has designated 110 illnesses as intractable diseases, expanding the number of patients who will qualify for medical subsidies under a law enacted in May. After gathering public opinion, the ministry plans to finalize the designations in October and issue subsidies ...