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Momentum to permit casinos rising

Apr 15, 2014

Momentum to permit casinos rising

Momentum is gathering pace for the lifting of a ban on casinos, prompting local governments and private businesses to step up preparations to host them. While Las Vegas, Macau and Singapore are widely known for huge casinos, or facilities that house and accommodate roulette ...

Kyushu farmers on alert after bird flu resurfaces

Apr 15, 2014

Kyushu farmers on alert after bird flu resurfaces

Poultry farmers in Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures are on high alert following an outbreak of avian flu at two farms in the neighboring town of Taragi, Kumamoto Prefecture, over the weekend that forced the prefecture to cull 112,000 birds.

| Apr 15, 2014

Farmers acted fast to fight latest outbreak

The avian influenza that struck a chicken farm in Kumamoto Prefecture was the first outbreak in Japan in three years and came as authorities were already on high alert about migrant birds after reports of the disease hitting South Korea since the beginning of ...

Apr 15, 2014

Obama to visit from April 23-25

U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Japan for three days from April 23 on the first leg of a weeklong Asian tour that will also take him to South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, the White House said Monday. Obama will move on to ...

The buck stops here: ‘Hunting girls’ on the rise

| Apr 15, 2014

The buck stops here: ‘Hunting girls’ on the rise

Here’s a new buzzword for you: kari-gaaru (hunting girls). They’ve descended from past trendsetting mori-gaaru (“forest girls,” interested in carefree lifestyles and spending time in nature) and yama-gaaru (“mountain girls,” who enjoy fashionable hikes). So now Japan has kari-gaaru who, instead of playing games ...

Apr 15, 2014

Japan's scientists: just 14% female

Just one-seventh of scientists in Japan are female — the lowest rate of any developed nation — despite being a record high for the country, government figures show.

Group addresses growing old in U.K.

Apr 15, 2014

Group addresses growing old in U.K.

by William Hollingworth

Aging throws up many challenges, but the problems can often be compounded if you choose to spend your final years thousands of miles away from your home country. This is the situation faced by a growing number of Japanese — often women who have ...

More dads bonding with their kids

Apr 15, 2014

More dads bonding with their kids

by Koichi Tsujimura

A growing number of Japanese men nowadays can be seen taking part in community events with their children, an extended trend of a recent movement in which more men are becoming actively involved in child raising. Accompanying children to events makes it easier for ...