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Aging overseas hibakusha still seek equal treatment

Oct 30, 2013

Aging overseas hibakusha still seek equal treatment

Lee Hong-hyon, one of three South Koreans who filed a lawsuit in June 2011 to get the Japanese government to cover medical costs for atomic bomb victims who now live overseas, was the only one still alive to hear the Osaka District Court rule ...

Aug 14, 2013

Aichi police system aids child-rearing female officers

A new system introduced by the Aichi Prefectural Police allows two officers returning to work after child care leave to share a single post so that female officers raising children won’t feel ashamed if they can’t work overtime or be on night duty. The ...

Film depicts Okinawans' fight against Ospreys

Aug 12, 2013

Film depicts Okinawans' fight against Ospreys

by Mika Kurokawa

“The Targeted Village,” a documentary on the fight by Okinawa residents against the deployment of MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft at the Futenma air base, is showing in Tokyo theaters. Released Saturday, the 91-minute film is based on an award-winning TV program produced by ...

Aug 10, 2013

Poll: 6,721 teachers hit pupils last year

The 2012 academic year saw 6,721 teachers at 4,152 schools nationwide use corporal punishment on 14,208 students, 20 percent of whom suffered some form of injury, an education ministry survey shows. Earlier this year, and for the first time, the ministry ordered a comprehensive ...

Rallies dent business in Koreatown

Aug 4, 2013

Rallies dent business in Koreatown

by Daisuke Sato

Ultranationalist rallies targeted at residents and businesses in the capital’s Koreatown district have cast a dark shadow over the once-thriving area. Sales at a Korean restaurant in the area, just east of Shin-Okubo Station on the JR Yamanote Line, have already been halved, said ...

Jul 17, 2013

OECD urges Japan to raise female employment

Japan should work to increase employment opportunities for women as it’s working-age population dwindles, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reiterated. In the Employment Outlook 2013 report released Tuesday, the OECD said the average jobless rate among its 34 member nations stood at ...