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Razed dormitories in Tokyo being replaced by nurseries

The Finance Ministry is helping to address the shortage of child day care facilities by allowing operators to use state-owned land. In June 2013, the government declared that reducing or eliminating the number of children on waiting lists was a priority policy. This prompted the ministry to cancel plans to ...

Diva Conchita Wurst meets quietly with Shibuya Ward mayor

Jul 10, 2015

Diva Conchita Wurst meets quietly with Shibuya Ward mayor

Cross-dressing Austrian diva Conchita Wurst, in Tokyo to promote her album “Conchita,” had a low-key meeting with the mayor of Shibuya Ward, which is set to become the first Japanese municipality to recognize same-sex partnership. But Thursday’s event with Mayor Ken Hasebe, which could ...

Jul 9, 2015

142 children in Japan not on family registries: survey

At least 142 children in Japan are not recorded on family registries, including seven who have missed periods of schooling. That’s according to an education ministry survey conducted through local educational boards based on data from the Justice Ministry. “We will continue our survey ...