Abductor likely targeted Saitama girl in advance: police

Mar 29, 2016

Abductor likely targeted Saitama girl in advance: police

The man suspected of abducting a female teenager who recently escaped two years of captivity might have collected information on her beforehand because he called her by her full name when they first met, police said Tuesday. The teenager, now 15, fled her captor’s ...

Mar 28, 2016

Saitama abduction suspect led low-key life in capital

Neighbors in the apartment complex where a 23-year-old man suspected of abducting a Saitama girl lived said on Monday they were mystified he could have held the girl inside. Kabu Terauchi, who was taken into custody the same day, moved into the apartment in ...

Support services on rise for Japan's new moms

Mar 28, 2016

Support services on rise for Japan's new moms

New mothers in Japan can now seek help with household tasks as well as pre- and postnatal care amid a growing number of support organizations. One such group, Sai-Mama, was started by Mika Okada, a midwife who also runs Sakura Maternity Center in Saitama ...

Without safety net, foreign temp workers live on the edge

| Dec 4, 2015

Without safety net, foreign temp workers live on the edge

Among foreign migrant workers who travel to Japan in quest of a better life, a common narrative stands out — minimal wages, occupational instability, language barriers and an itinerant lifestyle. This is what many factory employees from everywhere from Peru to the Philippines learn ...

| Dec 1, 2015

Japan's foreign temp workers need ways to blow off steam

Life is tough enough for migrant workers who travel to Japan for employment. So pity those who lack a support network to help them through health care matters, workplace stress and general blowing off steam. That is why employment agency Esperanca Estrela, which hires ...