Kumamoto Gov. Ikuo Kabashima re-elected to fourth term

National / Politics Mar 23, 2020

Kumamoto Gov. Ikuo Kabashima re-elected to fourth term

Ikuo Kabashima won a fourth term in the Kumamoto gubernatorial election Sunday, defeating a challenger backed by the local chapter of the minor opposition Social Democratic Party. Voter turnout stood at 45.03 percent, lower than for the previous gubernatorial election in the prefecture in 2016. ...

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 ...

Prefectures in Japan face lack of volunteer interpreters for disasters

National Mar 9, 2020

Prefectures in Japan face lack of volunteer interpreters for disasters

Several prefectural governments around Japan have raised concerns about a shortage of volunteer interpreters and translators to support foreign residents and tourists during disasters, after making limited progress with addressing the problem, a new survey has shown. The massive floods that were caused by typhoons ...