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Man finds wrapped body in brother's Atsugi apartment

Dec 22, 2014

Man finds wrapped body in brother's Atsugi apartment

A man found a body Sunday evening in the Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, apartment of his brother after the landlord alerted him that the rent had not been paid. The Kanagawa Prefectural Police said the brother, 58, and his wife, who was described as being ...

Short-staffed hospitals laud Vietnam trainees

Dec 22, 2014

Short-staffed hospitals laud Vietnam trainees

by Kisaku Seno

Amid an acute labor shortage, well-trained nurses from several Asian countries are bringing favorable changes to hospitals here. “They gave us the power to tackle our sense of stagnation,” Sayaka Fujita, a 41-year-old nurse at Sodegaura Satsukidai Hospital in Sodegaura, Chiba Prefecture, said of ...

Dec 22, 2014

'Furikome' transfer scam crackdown yielding results in Kyushu

In a joint effort to fight rampant “furikome” bank transfer scams targeting elderly people, the police, financial institutions and the Finance Ministry’s branch in Fukuoka Prefecture have launched a system in which institutions alert the police each time a person aged 65 or older ...

Dec 21, 2014

Plan to truck Fukushima radioactive soil, waste is put on hold

The government has given up on an earlier plan, slated to start in January, to transport radioactive soil and other waste from decontamination work following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster to nearby towns, sources close to the matter said Sunday. The move comes as ...

Dec 21, 2014

Japan House plan to promote nation's culture, technology abroad

Japan will set up offices in London, Los Angeles and Sao Paulo in fiscal 2016 to promote Japanese culture and technologies overseas, according to Foreign Ministry officials. The so-called Japan House will showcase Japanese culture such as “washoku” cuisine, “washi” handmade paper, manga and ...