Osaka quake highlights dangers posed by concrete-block walls

National Jun 19, 2018

Osaka quake highlights dangers posed by concrete-block walls

The death on Monday of a 9-year-old girl in Osaka Prefecture highlights the potential dangers of violating building codes and of concrete-block walls, which can turn lethal when major earthquakes strike. Following the incident in the city of Takatsuki, in which a 40-meter-long wall surrounding ...

Tokyo Declaration unites global cities against waste and pollution

National May 23, 2018

Tokyo Declaration unites global cities against waste and pollution

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike announced Wednesday the adoption of the Tokyo Declaration, in which 22 megacities around the world committed to reducing waste and tackling air pollution by sharing technologies and knowledge. The announcement came during the Tokyo Forum for Clean City and Clear Sky, ...

Japan's refugee-screening system sets high bar

Reference | FYI May 21, 2018

Japan's refugee-screening system sets high bar

Last year, Japan granted refugee status to just 20 out of a record-high 19,629 applicants. After the figure was released in February, global and domestic coverage was noticeably polarized. Some slammed Japan's strict asylum policy, saying that the world's third-largest economy has failed to meet ...