Apr 9, 2015

Crime-fighting volunteers rise to new record

A record 2,776,438 volunteers had participated in crime prevention by the end of 2014, up 1.1 percent from a year earlier, a National Police Agency survey revealed Thursday. The activities ranged from guarding children going to and from school to raising awareness of fraud ...

Sunflowers sew grass-roots exchanges with Fukushima

Feb 23, 2015

Sunflowers sew grass-roots exchanges with Fukushima

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Machiko Shibata and Yuka Horai are among the girl scouts who have visited Fukushima Prefecture after becoming “foster parents” for sunflower seeds delivered from the disaster-hit region. When the girl scouts from Chiba Prefecture joined the Fukushima Sunflower Foster Parent Project in summer 2011 ...

Fear, suspicion undermine fight against Ebola

Jul 1, 2014

Fear, suspicion undermine fight against Ebola

When Mohamed Swarray contracted the deadly Ebola disease in June, he was confined to a tented isolation ward at Kenema in eastern Sierra Leone. But he didn’t stay there long. Suspicious of the doctors in their masks and body-length protective suits, he slipped out ...

Still hunting shadows three years after 3/11

Mar 8, 2014

Still hunting shadows three years after 3/11

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One of the great statistical mysteries that persist several years after a natural disaster is the figure that appears without fail each month in columns representing the number of people that are still missing. Almost three years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and ...

Fukushima: animal kingdom

Mar 8, 2014

Fukushima: animal kingdom

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Kumassy is a cat. As yet he has no owner. No one knows where or when he was born, only that he was found slinking through the damp, cold streets of Okuma in Fukushima Prefecture on Dec. 28 before being scooped up by what ...