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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 ...

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,” ...

SDF troops in South Sudan could withdraw if security worsens: defense chief

Dec 10, 2016

SDF troops in South Sudan could withdraw if security worsens: defense chief

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said Self-Defense Force personnel taking part in U.N. peacekeeping operations in South Sudan could be withdrawn if the security conditions deteriorate in the troubled African nation. “The situation could abruptly change so we will consistently gather necessary information for ensuring ...

Heavy snow disrupts flights, train services in central Hokkaido

Dec 10, 2016

Heavy snow disrupts flights, train services in central Hokkaido

Heavy snow hit central Hokkaido on Saturday, disrupting flight and train services throughout the region. At New Chitose Airport, southeast of the capital Sapporo, 241 flights were canceled, according to the airport operator. A total of 135 train runs, including those connecting Sapporo Station ...