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Jul 26, 2015

Bar federation condemns China's detention of lawyers

The Japan Federation of Bar Associations has condemned the recent detention of hundreds of human rights lawyers in China. In a statement Friday, the federation said it is “deeply concerned” by the reported mass detentions. The text was issued in the name of the ...

Razed dormitories in Tokyo being replaced by nurseries

Jul 26, 2015

Razed dormitories in Tokyo being replaced by nurseries

The Finance Ministry is helping to address the shortage of child day care facilities by allowing operators to use state-owned land. In June 2013, the government declared that reducing or eliminating the number of children on waiting lists was a priority policy. This prompted ...

Growing up to the idea of fighting back

| Jul 25, 2015

Growing up to the idea of fighting back

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Psychologist Toshio Kawai has an interesting hypothesis. We may, he says in an article written for the Asahi Shimbun’s Globe, be entering an age when “becoming an adult will not be necessary.” What makes an adult an adult? Autonomy, the ability to stand on ...

Jul 25, 2015

More than 11,000 farmed tuna die in wake of typhoon

Farmed tuna die in wake of typhoon Around 11,000 farmed bluefin tuna died off the coast of the Pacific coastal town of Kushimoto, Wakayama Prefecture, after a powerful typhoon made landfall in western Japan earlier this month and wreaked havoc throughout a large chunk ...