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Disabled artists carving out niche in Japan

Jun 25, 2014

Disabled artists carving out niche in Japan

by Makoto Sekiya

A growing number of people with disabilities are winning recognition artistically and commercially as their works of art and design find their way into more galleries and shops. Last November, the Hikarie shopping mall in Shibuya held an exhibition and sale of artworks produced ...

Jun 22, 2014

In vitro fertilization OK'd for unwed couples in Japan

The Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology decided at a general meeting Saturday to revise its guidelines to approve in vitro fertilization for couples in de facto relationships. The society’s guidelines, drawn up in 1983, called for obstetricians to perform in vitro fertilization only ...

Jun 16, 2014

Ainu center operations policy gets Cabinet OK

The Cabinet has approved a basic policy for managing an Ainu culture center being planned in Hokkaido. The center, tentatively called the Symbolic Space for Ethnic Harmony, will be opened to the public around the same time as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, ...

Baby boomers becoming gray gang

May 27, 2014

Baby boomers becoming gray gang

by Sawako Obara

As the last of Japan’s baby boomers turn 65 this year and retire, many are taking low-paid or voluntary work to get them out of the house — a trend that could have broad-reaching effects. The transition came later than expected as many workers ...