Calls for disaster planning rethink amid fears of Big One

Jul 15, 2015

Calls for disaster planning rethink amid fears of Big One

As a nation that has suffered two large-scale natural catastrophes in the past two decades — in 1995 and 2011 — Japan has become known for its disaster prevention and risk reduction measures. In the wake of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, Japan began ...

Child serial killer's memoir a hot seller, hot potato

Jul 1, 2015

Child serial killer's memoir a hot seller, hot potato

A memoir detailing the macabre accounts of a 1997 juvenile serial killer is stirring controversy, but not only for its stomach-turning subject matter. “Zekka,” which was published without relatives of the victims being notified in advance, has climbed up the best-seller list. Seito Sakakibara, ...

Jun 8, 2015

Kobe probes hospital over liver transplant deaths

The Kobe Municipal Government inspected a newly opened hospital on Monday where five out of nine patients who received livers from living donors died within a month of undergoing the procedure. The inspection, based on the Medical Care Act, came after the death of ...