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A father's 25-year battle with reclusive son

Sep 10, 2016

A father's 25-year battle with reclusive son

Twenty-five years have passed since Akio Kusano’s son, Koichi, dropped out of high school. During that time Koichi, now 42, has rarely left his house, despite clinging to a dream of one day becoming a rakugo comic storyteller. According to a recently released government ...

Sep 6, 2016

Hyogo city to set up makeshift eateries for needy children

The city of Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture, will set up makeshift eateries to provide meals for disadvantaged children in cooperation with neighborhoods, officials said Tuesday. The service, commonly known as “children’s diners,” provides food for free or at a low price for children from low-income, ...

Sep 1, 2016

Koike backs idea of foreign housekeepers in special zones

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike says the metropolitan government should allow foreigners to conduct housekeeping services in strategic deregulation zones authorized by the Japanese government. The proposal is expected to be approved by the government soon. “In terms of tapping more female power, (the services) ...