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Could easier adoptions stem child abuse in Japan?

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The national news has recently reported a number of stories about young children dying at the hands of their parents or guardians, either from neglect or direct physical violence. It’s hard to say if these tragedies constitute a trend since detailed child abuse statistics weren’t really available until 2005, when ...

Empress skips martial arts event due to bout of bronchitis

Dec 11, 2016

Empress skips martial arts event due to bout of bronchitis

Empress Michiko has a mild fever and other symptoms of acute bronchitis, the Imperial Household Agency said Sunday. The 82-year-old wife of Emperor Akihito canceled a planned appearance at the Japan Cup Karatedo Championships in Tokyo in the afternoon. An agency source said the ...

DP proposes permanent system for an emperor's abdication

Dec 10, 2016

DP proposes permanent system for an emperor's abdication

Japan’s main opposition Democratic Party has compiled a proposal for revising the Imperial House Law, seeking to establish a permanent system to allow an emperor to abdicate, informed sources said Saturday. Specifically, the DP’s proposal calls for amending Article 4 of the law to ...

A Taiwanese rights group opens a comfort women museum in Taipei

Dec 10, 2016

A Taiwanese rights group opens a comfort women museum in Taipei

A Taipei-based women’s rights group Saturday opened the island’s first museum dedicated to Taiwanese “comfort women” forced to work in Japan’s wartime military brothels. At a ceremony held to coincide with the international Human Rights Day, Culture Minister Cheng Li-chun said the opening of ...

Koike to field supporters for the Tokyo Assembly election

Dec 10, 2016

Koike to field supporters for the Tokyo Assembly election

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike indicated her intention on Saturday to field candidates from her recently established political school in next summer’s Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election. “While listening to students who wish to run in the (assembly) election, I want to back highly motivated people,” ...