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Law to allow razing of abandoned dwellings seen not going far enough

Tuesday’s enforcement of a law allowing municipal governments to order the demolition of hazardous vacant houses has sparked concern among local groups and activists who say the legislation is not enough to address the growing problem. While communities have been working to demolish empty houses through ordinances, citizens’ groups argue ...

Principal of AmerAsian School lauded by Japan Foundation

May 24, 2015

Principal of AmerAsian School lauded by Japan Foundation

An Okinawa woman has been commended by the Japan Foundation for her efforts to educate Amerasian children, who often struggle to deal with complex issues related to family and identity. In 1998, Midori Thayer founded the AmerAsian School in Okinawa (AASO), to offer shelter ...

May 21, 2015

11 babies left in hospital's 'baby hatch' in fiscal 2014

The number of unwanted babies dropped off at Jikei Hospital’s so-called baby hatch reached 11 in fiscal 2014 — topping 10 for the first time in four years, the city of Kumamoto has said. The hospital, in Kumamoto Prefecture, opened the Konotori no Yurikago ...

May 19, 2015

Japan's prisons suffering serious doctor shortage

Japan is suffering from a serious shortage of correctional doctors, who provide medical care at facilities such as prisons and reformatories. The Abe administration has submitted a bill to the Diet to improve working conditions for such doctors, but officials are uncertain whether the ...