National Topics

Nov 12, 2015

Food relief groups plan nationwide network to address growing poverty

To address growing poverty, particularly that affecting single-parent households and the homeless, hunger-relief organizations are launching a nationwide food banking network with the aim of sharing information and streamlining operations. Groups from 11 prefectures will hold a symposium in Tokyo on Friday where they ...

Mie teacher helps fill school void on LGBT issues

Nov 4, 2015

Mie teacher helps fill school void on LGBT issues

Despite rising sensitivity toward sexual minorities in Japan, schools have a long way to go to improve the environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students. But an elementary school teacher from Mie Prefecture hopes her efforts will result in change. Takako Ogura, ...

Oct 30, 2015

Lifenet to let same-sex partners be designated policy beneficiaries

Lifenet Insurance Co. has said it will allow policyholders to designate their same-sex partners as their life insurance beneficiaries from Wednesday. The Japanese company currently restricts the scope of beneficiary designation to legal spouses and relatives within two degrees of relationship, as well as ...