National Topics

Jun 2, 2015

Pension system hack sparks worries over My Number initiative

The revelation that the nation’s pension system has been hacked on an unprecedented scale may affect ongoing Diet deliberations on a bill to assign citizens individual numbers to improve social security management. The Japan Pension Service said during a hastily arranged news conference Monday ...

Principal of AmerAsian School lauded by Japan Foundation

May 24, 2015

Principal of AmerAsian School lauded by Japan Foundation

An Okinawa woman has been commended by the Japan Foundation for her efforts to educate Amerasian children, who often struggle to deal with complex issues related to family and identity. In 1998, Midori Thayer founded the AmerAsian School in Okinawa (AASO), to offer shelter ...

May 21, 2015

11 babies left in hospital's 'baby hatch' in fiscal 2014

The number of unwanted babies dropped off at Jikei Hospital’s so-called baby hatch reached 11 in fiscal 2014 — topping 10 for the first time in four years, the city of Kumamoto has said. The hospital, in Kumamoto Prefecture, opened the Konotori no Yurikago ...