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Dec 4, 2016

Japan to tap private sector to upgrade, run aging waterworks

Japan will encourage companies to start water supply operations currently run by municipalities through a concession system that grants the private sector the right to operate public facilities but not own them, health officials said. The health ministry will draft an amendment to the ...

How Japanese media have failed endangered species

| Dec 3, 2016

How Japanese media have failed endangered species

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In October, a new documentary produced by Leonardo DiCaprio premiered on Netflix. “The Ivory Game” is a dramatic study of the illegal trade in elephant tusks that includes conservationists battling poachers, investigative journalists following the money trail and black market merchants in China. Experts ...

Shibuya's scramble crossing to go vehicle-free for New Year's Eve

Dec 3, 2016

Shibuya's scramble crossing to go vehicle-free for New Year's Eve

The famous scramble crossing in Tokyo’s Shibuya’s district will go vehicle-free on New Year’s Eve, informed sources said Saturday. The move is aimed at preventing turmoil from the massive crowds that have been forming at the iconic intersection in front of Shibuya Station to ...

Aso ranked Cabinet's top fundraiser in 2015

Dec 3, 2016

Aso ranked Cabinet's top fundraiser in 2015

Finance Minister Taro Aso was the top fundraiser in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet in 2015, according to reports submitted to the government by political parties and groups. Aso, who doubles as deputy prime minister, raised ¥147.35 million in political funds, followed by Abe ...