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Aug 21, 2014

Japan urged to regulate hate speech by law at U.N. meeting

Many members of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination urged the Japanese government on Wednesday to devise legal measures against hate speech in the country. Tokyo faced renewed pressure over the matter after it received recommendations from the U.N. Human Rights ...

U.N. sizes up Japan as peacekeeper

Aug 21, 2014

U.N. sizes up Japan as peacekeeper

by Seana K. Magee

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is forcing ahead with a plan that could increase the deployment of the Self-Defense Forces overseas under new parameters, and the United Nations is encouraging Japan to have a national debate on the issue as it views the potential to ...

Electronic voting loses steam over glitches, cost

Aug 21, 2014

Electronic voting loses steam over glitches, cost

Electronic voting has failed to catch on at the municipal level, reflecting problems with voting machine glitches and the high cost of developing and maintaining the systems. Only three municipalities in the nation — the city of Kyoto, the city of Niimi in Okayama ...

Aug 20, 2014

Haneda monorail to extend to Tokyo Station

Tokyo Monorail Co. plans to extend its monorail line between Tokyo International Airport at Haneda and East Japan Railway Co.’s Hamamatsucho Station to Tokyo Station, informed sources said on Wednesday. The ¥109.5-billion project to connect the monorail line to the terminal station for Shinkansen ...

Aug 20, 2014

DNA of Japanese man in surrogacy case matches 12 babies in Thailand

Thai police said Wednesday that a DNA sample provided by a Japanese businessman suspected of siring 12 surrogate babies in Thailand matches with all 12 infants, proving he is their biological father. A Thai representative of the 24-year-old businessman provided the DNA sample on ...