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Mar 1, 2015

DNA screening trial OK'd for in vitro embryos

The Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology on Saturday approved a three-year clinical trial to see whether screening embryos produced through in vitro fertilization can improve the birthrate by detecting chromosomal abnormalities. The research on pre-implantation genetic screening, or PGS, is expected to begin ...

Mar 1, 2015

Abe visits Futaba to check out radioactive waste site

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday visited a site in the town of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, where storage facilities for radioactive soil and other waste generated by cleanup work after the March 2011 nuclear crisis are being constructed. “I hope to speed up the ...

Prince William encourages Miyagi 3/11 survivors

Mar 1, 2015

Prince William encourages Miyagi 3/11 survivors

Britain’s Prince William expressed sympathy Sunday at a meeting with survivors of the 2011 quake and tsunami during a visit to Miyagi Prefecture. During the meeting in the devastated city of Ishinomaki, the 32-year-old Duke of Cambridge told a couple who lost their children ...

Shibuya's same-sex move kicks off debate

| Feb 28, 2015

Shibuya's same-sex move kicks off debate

by Philip Brasor

On Feb. 13, Asahi Shimbun’s daily Vox Populi, Vox Dei column mentioned Morizo and Kiccoro, the official mascots of the 2005 World Expo held in Aichi Prefecture. These two “woodland fairies” supposedly hailed from Seto, which issued them the same resident cards (jūminhyō) held ...

Britain's Prince William visits Fukushima with Abe

Feb 28, 2015

Britain's Prince William visits Fukushima with Abe

Britain’s Prince William visited Fukushima on Saturday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to attempt to allay safety concerns in the prefecture due to the nuclear disaster. The 32-year-old Duke of Cambridge, who arrived Thursday on his first visit to Japan, ate Japanese cuisine made ...