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Karin Kaneko
For Karin Kaneko's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
The population of Japanese nationals fell 801,000 in 2022 from a year earlier to 122,423,038, marking the largest drop since the survey began in 1968, government data showed Wednesday.
JAPAN / Society
Jul 26, 2023
Number of Japanese drops in all 47 prefectures for first time as foreign population surges
As of Jan. 1, Japan's population, including foreign residents, stood at 125,416,877, down around 511,000 from a year earlier.
A group of individuals that allege sexual abuse by Johnny Kitagawa was first established on June 26.
JAPAN
Jul 24, 2023
U.N. experts to probe Johnny Kitagawa's alleged abuse in Japan
The group will gather its findings and present a report to the U.N. Human Rights Council in June next year.
Officials in the municipality of Daito, in Osaka, speak at a news conference on Wednesday regarding a case in which a mother is suspected of starving her daughter, hospitalizing her and claiming insurance payments.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 20, 2023
Mother in Osaka arrested for starving daughter and claiming insurance money
Investigators believe Kasumi Nawata regularly starved her daughter, hospitalizing her 43 times for a total of 332 days since spring 2018.
The painting as seen before the July 8 incident
JAPAN
Jul 14, 2023
Iconic dragon painting at Sensoji Temple peels off ceiling
Visitors to Tokyo's Sensoji Temple were left in shock as an iconic dragon painting on the ceiling of the main hall peeled off and was left hanging above their heads.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 14, 2023
Man sentenced to 19-year prison term for stabbings and arson on Tokyo train
In delivering the ruling, the presiding judge said that the defendant had made extensive preparations in order to “kill as many people as possible.”
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 14, 2023
Iconic dragon painting at Sensoji Temple peels off ceiling
The painting had been scheduled for restoration this fall to address decades of deterioration.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 11, 2023
Japan's supreme court makes landmark decision on transgender rights
In the first Supreme Court decision over bathroom usage by sexual minorities, the body ruled it was unlawful to restrict the use of bathrooms by a transgender woman at the economy ministry.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 10, 2023
Three killed and eight missing as heavy rain triggers landslides in southern Japan
Authorities ordered tens of thousands of residents to leave their homes as the deluge hit.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 6, 2023
Low incomes most likely to curb children's extracurricular activities, survey finds
The survey covered 2,097 parents of elementary school students from grades 1 to 6 over a period of two days in October 2022.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Jul 4, 2023
Japan emphasizes students' comprehension of AI in new school guidelines
They also suggest that teachers may need to discard traditional exam and homework methods, such as writing reports, that can be easily done using AI technology.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 29, 2023
Job applicants in Japan embrace ChatGPT to improve their chances
In Japan, students usually begin job hunting long before graduation. The job-hunting process is arduous, and there is a stigma around failing to secure a job before graduation.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 26, 2023
Suicides rose in Japan among young women and girls during pandemic
In 2022, the rate among female residents between ages 10 and 24 was 745 — an increase of 233 compared with 2019.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 22, 2023
Organization founded to create guidelines for use of AI image generators
An AI-generated image tool allows users to create images based on written descriptions and learning from other images available online, including those made by artists.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 21, 2023
Japan falls nine positions to 125th in WEF gender gap report
Women’s participation in the political arena scored particularly low, and the report comes as Yokosuka"s mayor faces a backlash over discriminatory remarks about women.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 20, 2023
Emperor Naruhito offers flowers at Indonesian military cemetery
The emperor expressed his hope that his visit would spark greater engagement between Japanese and Indonesians.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal / EXPLAINER
Jun 19, 2023
What you need to know about the revision to Japan's sex crime law
Raising the age of sexual consent and an expansion of the definition of nonconsensual sex are among some of the major changes.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Jun 19, 2023
U.S. military drag show ban reverberates far away in Japan
The cancellation of drag shows has left organizers scrambling to find alternative venues or forced them to cancel the events altogether.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 16, 2023
Japan's top court holds hearing on transgender woman’s bathroom restrictions
The resulting ruling on the case, which will mark the first time the Supreme Court has weighed in on the working environment for sexual minorities, is expected on July 11.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 12, 2023
Culture at Johnny's to be scrutinized amid investigation into abuse claims
A team of experts hired by the talent agency have said they will “independently” and “exclusively” investigate claims of sexual assaults by late founder Johnny Kitagawa.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 7, 2023
Former Johnny’s idols submit petition and call for changes to child abuse prevention law
The online petition was set up on May 26 by three former idols and has garnered more than 40,000 signatures as of Wednesday.

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