Singer and welfare facility founder Mariko Miyagi dies

National Mar 23, 2020

Singer and welfare facility founder Mariko Miyagi dies

Singer Mariko Miyagi, who founded Nemunoki Gakuen, a welfare facility for children with physical disabilities, died of malignant lymphoma at a Tokyo hospital Saturday. She was 93. Originally from Ota Ward in Tokyo, Miyagi sang hit songs such as "Gado-shita no Kutsumigaki" ("Shoeshiner under the ...

National Mar 22, 2020

Impact of Japan's school shutdowns has 70% of parents concerned

About 70 percent of parents are worried about the impact the nationwide school shutdown due to the coronavirus outbreak is having on their children, a survey by a Tokyo-based nonprofit organization showed recently. Respondents cited children's mental stress from changes to their daily routine as ...

Kagawa passes Japan's first ordinance to tackle gaming addiction

National Mar 18, 2020

Kagawa passes Japan's first ordinance to tackle gaming addiction

A local assembly has passed Japan's first ordinance aimed at reducing internet and video game addiction among young people, by recommending that screen time be limited to one hour per day. The ordinance, passed Wednesday by the Kagawa Prefectural Assembly, has triggered controversy — with ...

School graduation ceremonies scaled down in Japan amid virus spread

National Mar 17, 2020

School graduation ceremonies scaled down in Japan amid virus spread

A number of schools in Japan held graduation ceremonies Tuesday amid the new coronavirus outbreak by limiting the number of participants and shortening the proceedings to prevent the spread of the pneumonia-causing virus. As Japan entered the last month of the academic year, schools turned ...