The share of women in legislative, senior official and management roles increased by 1.7 percentage points from 2023 and 4.6 percentage points from 2006, according to a World Economic Forum gender equality report.
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Jun 12, 2024
Japan makes gains in political empowerment in gender equality report
Overall, Japan ranked 118th out of 146 countries in the World Economic Forum report, making it the lowest-ranked G7 nation.
Soyo Hinata (right) and Lillian Ono, members of Climate Case Japan, with a petition for human rights relief before submitting it to the Japan Federation of Bar Associations in Tokyo on Wednesday
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Jun 12, 2024
Activist group asks Japan's bar association for help on climate action
It will likely take more than a year for the association to scrutinize Climate Case Japan's petition before deciding what steps to take next.
The University of Tokyo Hospital in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward
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Jun 12, 2024
16 heart transplant surgeries abandoned in Japan in 2023
Of the 16 patients whose transplant operations were abandoned, 10 received transplants later, while six are still awaiting transplants.
Japan is the only country in the world that still enforces a same-surname rule for married couples, according to Keidanren research.
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Jun 10, 2024
Japan should let married women keep names, main business lobby says
Keidanren said in a proposal that the government should quickly present legislation allowing for surname choice to parliament.
An ambulance bearing a message calling for the appropriate use of ambulance services enters Matsusaka Municipal Hospital in Matsusaka, Mie Prefecture.
City in Mie Prefecture starts charging some ambulance-borne patients
Matsusaka is targeting patients taken to any of its three core hospitals by ambulance but who are assessed as not needing hospitalization.
Local governments are stepping up support for single elderly people, to tackle the issue of unclaimed bodies.
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Jun 10, 2024
Japan's municipalities take action to tackle issue of unclaimed bodies
A spate of incidents involving unclaimed bodies has led to the formulation of measures to provide end-of-life support to single elderly people.
A variety of instant noodle products is sold at Miyagi Co-op Saiwaicho Store in Sendai. The city placed second in household spending for instant noodles in a 2023 nationwide ranking.
Tohoku's love for instant noodles shines through in survey
The spending for instant noodles in Tohoku cities far exceeds the national average.

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People wait for the main act to begin at Summer Sonic, which holds simultaneous music festivals for those in Tokyo and Osaka.
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