National Topics

Jan 17, 2016

Japan to tackle child poverty in Okinawa

The government announced Saturday it plans to implement from April antipoverty measures in Okinawa Prefecture targeted at children, including the placement of more than 100 specialized staff and the creation of around-the-clock assistance centers. Child poverty has become a serious issue in the nation’s ...

Jan 15, 2016

Companies in Japan expanding support, events for LGBT people

Companies in Japan are strengthening their support for minorities known as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, amid growing social understanding for members of that community. Some companies are making efforts to create a better work environment for LGBT employees, and others are ...

Clinic-run day care centers fight to stay afloat

Jan 12, 2016

Clinic-run day care centers fight to stay afloat

In a nation struggling to increase its population, and amid strong demand for day care centers operated in conjunction with children’s clinics, such facilities are fighting for their own financial health. Hug Room, a facility in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, is operated by a pediatric ...

Candidates for 2020 Games logo narrowed down to four

Jan 10, 2016

Candidates for 2020 Games logo narrowed down to four

The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organizing committee has winnowed down the logo candidates for the 2020 Games to four finalists. The four designs were selected Saturday after a three-day screening round involving 21 members of the committee’s emblem selection panel, chaired by Ryohei Miyata, ...

Japanese pay least attention to vacation days: survey

Jan 8, 2016

Japanese pay least attention to vacation days: survey

An online survey has shown that Japanese, more than any other workers canvassed globally, appear to pay the least attention to vacation days owed, with over half unable to cite their annual paid leave entitlement. The survey last October by the online travel agency ...