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Photographer sues government over travel ban to Syria

Jul 31, 2015

Photographer sues government over travel ban to Syria

A photographer is suing the government, claiming that a Foreign Ministry ban against him traveling to Syria or Iraq is unconstitutional. On Feb. 7, the ministry ordered Yuichi Sugimoto, who was planning to travel to Syria later that month, to surrender his passport. The ...

NPO launches digital archives on Fukushima nuclear disaster

Jul 31, 2015

NPO launches digital archives on Fukushima nuclear disaster

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A Tokyo-based nonprofit organization has launched a digital archive of public documents on the 2011 nuclear catastrophe at the Fukushima No. 1 plant, so people can examine whether administrative bodies have pursued appropriate policies since the disaster started. There are currently over 3,000 documents ...

Kyoto bids to host Cultural Affairs Agency

Jul 30, 2015

Kyoto bids to host Cultural Affairs Agency

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The city of Kyoto is stepping up efforts to become the new home of the Cultural Affairs Agency, which works to protect Japan’s officially designated cultural treasures. Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa, Kyoto Gov. Keiji Yamada and corporate executives in the Kansai region met Wednesday to ...

Another ward in Tokyo to recognize same-sex couples

Jul 30, 2015

Another ward in Tokyo to recognize same-sex couples

Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward said it will start issuing certificates recognizing same-sex partnerships as early as November to support the rights of sexual minorities, becoming the second municipal government in Japan to take such a step. The certificates will not be legally binding, but a ...

Jul 30, 2015

Japan to ban imports of red-eared slider turtles

The Environment Ministry plans to ban imports of non-native red-eared sliders, a type of turtle popular as pets in Japan, to protect the ecosystem. The ban probably won’t take effect until 2020 at the earliest, Shigeo Kitamura, the vice environment minister, said Wednesday in ...