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Renho aims to run for DPJ president

Dec 24, 2014

Renho aims to run for DPJ president

Former government revitalization minister Renho, who goes by just one name, said Wednesday she aims to run in the Democratic Party of Japan’s presidential election next month. “I will certainly try (to join the race),” the former television personality told reporters. But she said ...

Vagina artist Megumi Igarashi indicted on charges of obscenity

Dec 24, 2014

Vagina artist Megumi Igarashi indicted on charges of obscenity

Prosecutors on Wednesday charged a feminist artist who makes objects shaped like her vagina with distributing “obscene” data, according to her lawyer, in a case that has sparked accusations that authorities are out of touch. The charges follow Megumi Igarashi’s arrest this month after ...

Experienced defense hand Nakatani joins Cabinet

Dec 24, 2014

Experienced defense hand Nakatani joins Cabinet

Gen Nakatani, picked Wednesday as defense minister, is a former Self-Defense Forces officer well-versed in defense and security policy, and an advocate of expanding the range of roles Japan can play in security overseas. He was an instructor for an elite ranger unit before ...

'Luckiest city' offers lottery tickets for donations

Dec 24, 2014

'Luckiest city' offers lottery tickets for donations

Are you feeling lucky? Donors who give cash to the city of Ube in Yamaguchi Prefecture are being rewarded with unconventional thank-you gifts: lottery tickets. Since November, Ube has been sending stacks of tickets to well-wishers who make a contribution to city coffers through ...

Dec 24, 2014

Aichi doctors to form disaster teams to examine corpses

An association of doctors in Aichi Prefecture, plans to create teams next spring that specialize in examining the bodies of victims in major natural disasters and accidents, according to people familiar with the plan. The Aichi Prefectural Government estimates that up to 29,000 people ...