Jun 14, 2016

Donations to municipalities of choice grow fourfold in fiscal 2015

Donations to municipalities that qualify as tax-deductable soared over fourfold in fiscal 2015 from a year earlier, the government said Tuesday. The donations in fiscal 2015 totaled ¥165.29 billion, compared with ¥38.85 billion in fiscal 2014, the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said. It ...

Quake-hit areas in Kumamoto give green light to volunteers

Apr 20, 2016

Quake-hit areas in Kumamoto give green light to volunteers

The social welfare council in the town of Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, which was heavily damaged by one of last week’s earthquakes, announced Wednesday that they will start accepting volunteers from Thursday to sort out relief supplies and provide other support to evacuees. Any volunteers ...

Mar 4, 2016

Volcanologists on NRA panel accepted donations from utility-linked firms

Two volcanologists tasked with advising on whether nuclear reactors should be halted due to nearby volcanic activity have received ¥8.1 million ($71,000) in donations from utility-linked companies, documents have shown. The Nuclear Regulation Authority appointed the two, both from Kagoshima University, as part of ...

Help urged for research chimps on Liberia isle

Aug 25, 2015

Help urged for research chimps on Liberia isle

Eleven chimpanzees rushed out from the bush and descended from trees to the shore, making jubilant sounds to greet the speed boat bringing food. Samantha, the oldest of the group in her mid-40s, along with Mabel, Bullet and others eagerly welcomed their daily delivery ...