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Sep 19, 2014

Child abuse and neglect killed 51 children in 2012

Fifty-one children and babies died as a result of physical abuse or neglect in Japan in fiscal 2012, the health ministry said Friday. Eleven were newborns abandoned to die within a day of their birth, the government data showed, and nearly half of the ...

Japan snubs IWC's ruling, plans to resume whaling program

Sep 19, 2014

Japan snubs IWC's ruling, plans to resume whaling program

Japan said Friday it would resume its whaling program in the Antarctic despite passage of a resolution opposing its hunt by the international body that oversees whales, terming the negative vote “regrettable.” The International Whaling Commission on Thursday adopted a resolution saying that Japan ...

Sep 19, 2014

Ex-Taiwan President Lee leaves for Japan vacation

Former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui left for Japan on Friday for a seven-day vacation that will take him to several parts of the country. Accompanied by his wife and two daughters, Lee, who was to arrive at Kansai International Airport, is due to attend ...

Sep 19, 2014

Japan eyes $25.5 million aid for refugees from Islamic militants

The Japanese government decided Friday to provide $22.7 million in emergency grant aid for Iraqis and Syrians fleeing from the Islamic State militant group, bringing Tokyo’s total amount of assistance for such displaced people to $25.5 million. Parliamentary Vice Foreign Minister Kentaro Sonoura will ...

Japanese researchers' banana peel study wins Ig Nobel award

Sep 19, 2014

Japanese researchers' banana peel study wins Ig Nobel award

Researchers who measured the slipperiness of banana peels, the ability of pork strips to stop nosebleeds and the reactions of reindeer to humans in polar bear suits were among the winners of this year’s Ig Nobel prizes for comical scientific achievements. The annual prizes, ...