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Diva Conchita Wurst meets quietly with Shibuya Ward mayor

Jul 10, 2015

Diva Conchita Wurst meets quietly with Shibuya Ward mayor

Cross-dressing Austrian diva Conchita Wurst, in Tokyo to promote her album “Conchita,” had a low-key meeting with the mayor of Shibuya Ward, which is set to become the first Japanese municipality to recognize same-sex partnership. But Thursday’s event with Mayor Ken Hasebe, which could ...

Jul 9, 2015

142 children in Japan not on family registries: survey

At least 142 children in Japan are not recorded on family registries, including seven who have missed periods of schooling. That’s according to an education ministry survey conducted through local educational boards based on data from the Justice Ministry. “We will continue our survey ...

Jul 2, 2015

Record 62% of households in Japan face financial hardship

The proportion of households facing financial difficulties in Japan hit a record high of 62.4 percent as of July 2014, a Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry survey showed Thursday. The result partly reflects the consumption tax hike from 5 percent to 8 percent in ...

Jul 1, 2015

Number of households on welfare in Japan fell in April

The number of households on welfare in Japan decreased 1,534 from the month earlier to 1,620,924 in April, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Wednesday. The number of welfare recipients fell 10,917 to 2,163,414. Both figures had risen in March. The number ...