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DP chief Okada facing internal pressure to step down

Jul 22, 2016

DP chief Okada facing internal pressure to step down

Ahead of an election for the main opposition Democratic Party in September, DP President Katsuya Okada is facing pressure from its conservative members to step down. In his online newsletter on Wednesday, former State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Teruhiko Mashiko urged Okada ...

Jul 22, 2016

Bullet marks downplayed at SDF camp in South Sudan

Bullet marks have been found at a Self-Defense Forces camp in South Sudan, Ground SDF Chief of Staff Toshiya Okabe said Thursday. The troops are supporting a U.N. peacekeeping mission in the young, violence-wracked nation, and whether they have come under fire will add ...

Discount tours to Kyushu sell like hotcakes as quake subsidies kick in

Jul 22, 2016

Discount tours to Kyushu sell like hotcakes as quake subsidies kick in

Reservations for summer trips to Kyushu are growing rapidly as tour agencies and hotels offer large discounts backed by government subsidies aimed at helping the quake-damaged island recover. A website that started selling discount tickets Wednesday for hotels in Kumamoto Prefecture received so much ...

Jul 22, 2016

Municipalities to get funds for family support centers across Japan

The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry will provide funding to help municipalities across Japan set up support centers for families that have trouble raising children, sources said. The child-rearing support centers will deal with families for which it is deemed necessary for municipalities to ...

Jul 22, 2016

Japan team boasts rehab-assisting gear wearable like pants

Shinshu University professor Minoru Hashimoto said Thursday his team has developed a trial model of rehabilitation-assisting equipment that can be put on like trousers. The curara equipment for walk rehabilitation will be put to practical use in 2018 after improvements. A university venture will ...