National / Social Issues Apr 17, 2020

Japan urges measures against coronavirus discrimination

The education ministry has urged prefectural education boards and others to take thorough measures to prevent discrimination and prejudice against workers exposed to higher risks of contracting the novel coronavirus. The ministry's action, taken on Thursday, was prompted by a case in which an elementary ...

Japanese pearl industry rocked by 20 million oyster die-off

National Oct 31, 2019

Japanese pearl industry rocked by 20 million oyster die-off

The mysterious death of over 20 million Akoya pearl oysters in Ehime, Mie and other prefectures this summer is expected to hobble pearl production next year and beyond. While the cause of the die-off is unclear, oyster producers have started taking steps to minimize the ...