Jul 18, 2014

Aichi politician reprimanded for 'punctured condoms' population proposal

A member of the Shinshiro Municipal Assembly in Aichi Prefecture proposed distributing “punctured condoms” to married residents to bolster the city’s dwindling population, the legislature’s secretariat said Friday. Independent Assemblyman Tomonaga Osada was verbally reprimanded Wednesday for the controversial proposal last month and told ...

Jul 2, 2014

Alps executive says sorry for revisionist gaffe at Chinese factory

Around 1,000 Chinese workers went on strike after their Japanese boss denied Tokyo had invaded China and said its 1930s actions were to “help” the country escape colonial rule, state-run media reported Wednesday. The walkout took place Tuesday, the same day Japan loosened the ...

Nov 5, 2013

'Fukushima' slur gets yellow card?

A German stadium announcer has apologized for describing a wonder goal scored by a Japanese player in a German soccer match Sunday as “a bit like Fukushima,” saying it was a “stupid” comment, according to the Die Welt newspaper. The announcer made the comment ...

Sep 21, 2013

'Shut up!' U.N. rights envoy quits over tirade in Geneva

Japan’s human rights envoy stepped down Friday after facing criticism for screaming at a U.N. panel meeting to “shut up!” in Geneva in May, the Foreign Ministry said. Hideaki Ueda, 68, yelled at participants in the May 22 session of the Committee against Torture, ...

Nazi quip won't mar Olympics bid, Aso figures

Aug 27, 2013

Nazi quip won't mar Olympics bid, Aso figures

Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso said Tuesday that his recent remark suggesting Japan follow the example of the Nazis in Germany in revising its pacifist Constitution would not affect Tokyo’s bid to host the 2020 Olympics. “I’ve already retracted the comment and I think ...

Jun 15, 2013

Reconstruction official canned, blasted for tweets

by Kazuaki Nagata

Disaster victims and Diet lawmakers vented their outrage Friday over disparaging comments by a senior Reconstruction Agency official via his Twitter account that got him the sack. Yasuhisa Mizuno, 45, who had been in charge of helping Fukushima residents affected by the March 2011 ...

Jun 14, 2013

Reconstruction official hit for 'offensive' tweets

The Reconstruction Agency may punish its senior bureaucrat responsible for providing support to people affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, for allegedly posting disparaging tweets against Diet lawmakers and civic groups.