Business Jun 14, 2016

Donations to municipalities of choice grow fourfold in fiscal 2015

Donations to municipalities that qualify as tax-deductable soared over fourfold in fiscal 2015 from a year earlier, the government said Tuesday. The donations in fiscal 2015 totaled ¥165.29 billion, compared with ¥38.85 billion in fiscal 2014, the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said. It attributed the ...

Quake-hit areas in Kumamoto give green light to volunteers

National Apr 20, 2016

Quake-hit areas in Kumamoto give green light to volunteers

The social welfare council in the town of Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, which was heavily damaged by one of last week's earthquakes, announced Wednesday that they will start accepting volunteers from Thursday to sort out relief supplies and provide other support to evacuees. Any volunteers should ...

National Mar 9, 2015

Donations down sharply four years after 3/11

Donations for victims of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami have been decreasing sharply, a sign of waning public interest in the disaster that left over 15,000 people dead or missing. A Kyodo News survey found that donations received by the Japanese Red Cross Society ...

Farm minister denies returned donation was illegal

National / Politics Feb 13, 2015

Farm minister denies returned donation was illegal

Farm minister Koya Nishikawa said Friday that he doesn't regard a political donation he returned to a wood-processing company as illegal. Nishikawa was speaking to reporters after the Mainichi Shimbun reported Friday that the September 2012 donation to the Liberal Democratic Party's branch in the ...

NPO lends support to Filipino dropouts

National Dec 3, 2014

NPO lends support to Filipino dropouts

by Dolora Cardeno

A charity in the Philippines is helping an important but often overlooked segment of the population: school dropouts. Over the past 40 years, ERDA Foundation has been giving youngsters the means to continue with studies they might otherwise abandon because of hardship such as pressure ...