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Jul 28, 2016

Japan eyes Pacific bluefin catch curbs if stocks stay low

Japan will propose invoking emergency fishing restrictions for bluefin tuna in the North Pacific if stocks of juvenile tuna remain at a low level for three consecutive years, government sources said. The proposal, which would be in response to stocks of tuna younger than ...

Jul 27, 2016

JICA-run youth volunteer program wins 'Asia's Nobel Prize'

Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers has been chosen as one of the recipients of this year’s prestigious Ramon Magsaysay award, known as Asia’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize, the foundation that created it said Wednesday. One of the six awardees for 2016, the government-initiated youth ...

Japanese women lose longevity crown to Hong Kongers

Jul 27, 2016

Japanese women lose longevity crown to Hong Kongers

Japan’s women relinquished the top spot for average life expectancy in 2015 to Hong Kong, the new leader at 87.32 years, data released by the welfare ministry showed Wednesday. Japanese women now have an average life expectancy of 87.05 years, while Japanese men live ...

Despite obvious signs, care home killer slipped through the cracks

Jul 27, 2016

Despite obvious signs, care home killer slipped through the cracks

Satoshi Uematsu exhibited disturbing behavior before Tuesday’s massacre at a care home, delivering an ominous euthanasia letter to House of Representatives Speaker Tadamori Oshima and telling co-workers and the police he intended to kill disabled people, prompting his forced hospitalization. But despite obvious signs ...