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Nov 27, 2014

Tally of firms targeted by antisocial demands plunges to 4%

About 4 percent of all Japanese companies have been targeted by unreasonable demands made by yakuza and other antisocial groups over the past five years, a survey carried out in conjunction with the National Police Agency said Thursday. That’s down sharply from the 12 ...

Nov 27, 2014

Emergency rooms struggling to treat people with dementia: poll

Hospitals with emergency departments are having difficulty caring for people with dementia, a survey led by the National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology says. About 94 percent of the hospitals that replied said it was difficult to provide care to people with dementia when ...

Sankei reporter pleads not guilty to defaming South Korean president

Nov 27, 2014

Sankei reporter pleads not guilty to defaming South Korean president

A Japanese reporter indicted on charges of defaming South Korean President Park Geun-hye pleaded not guilty at a preliminary hearing on Thursday at the Seoul Central District Court. Prosecutors last month indicted Tatsuya Kato, the former Seoul bureau chief of Japan’s Sankei Shimbun, over ...

Government, paper makers welcome addition of 'washi' to UNESCO list

Nov 27, 2014

Government, paper makers welcome addition of 'washi' to UNESCO list

“Washi,” the traditional handmade paper, was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list on Wednesday in a move that was expected to help Japan boost global awareness of its traditional culture and spur interest among younger generations in keeping artisan skills alive. The registered ...

Nov 27, 2014

Suspect in Tokyo hospital arson attack turns himself in

Police have arrested a man who turned himself in following an arson attack on the Tokai University Hachioji Hospital in Tokyo. Shigeyuki Soga, 47, is suspected of pouring flammable liquid down hallways on several floors of the hospital and setting it alight. The attack ...