Kids' ombudsperson program hits 15 years

Aug 18, 2014

Kids' ombudsperson program hits 15 years

by Tetsuo Shintomi

An ombudsman program for children’s human rights in Kawanishi, Hyogo Prefecture, marked its 15th anniversary this year as Japan’s first independent public organ to address problems involving children. To date, some 8,800 requests for advice have been placed with the city’s Ombudspersons for Children’s ...

Ako: trailing the ghosts of Japan's greatest vendetta

May 3, 2014

Ako: trailing the ghosts of Japan's greatest vendetta

by Alon Adika

By noon of March 14, 1701, Edo was abuzz with rumors about what had happened earlier, in the “Great Pine Corridor” of the shogun’s castle. Officials posted wooden signs around the city stating that Asano Naganori, lord of Ako Domain, had attacked and wounded ...

Strong quake hurts 23 in echoes of Kobe '95

Apr 14, 2013

Strong quake hurts 23 in echoes of Kobe '95

A powerful temblor with a magnitude of 6.3 strikes western Japan, causing at least 23 injuries and traumatic flashbacks to the lethal 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake that destroyed much of Kobe.