Court rejects damages suit by Hiroshima A-bomb survivors' children

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A Japanese court on Tuesday dismissed a damages suit filed by the children of some Hiroshima atomic bombing survivors seeking financial support from the central government. In the lawsuit filed with the Hiroshima District Court in 2017, the 28 plaintiffs each sought damages of 100,000 yen, claiming the state violated… Read


Japan reports 41,438 new coronavirus cases


Japan on Tuesday reported 41,438 new coronavirus cases, up 25,826 from Monday. Tokyo reported 3,131 new cases, up 2,026 from Monday. The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo was 41, up two from Monday, health officials said. The nationwide figure was 410, up four from Monday.… Read


Missing captain found dead after freighter accident off western Japan


The missing captain of a sunken freight ship was found dead Monday following a collision with another freighter last week off Ehime Prefecture in western Japan, coast guard officials said. The coast guard is continuing its search for another crew member from the 716-ton Seiryu and investigating the accident, which… Read


Sports fans and concertgoers poised to make noise as COVID crowd restrictions loosen


With the government effectively abolishing event attendance restrictions meant to curb the coronavirus spread, sports fans and concertgoers may soon be screaming at the top of their lungs, provided they are masked, under a policy shift that is not universally welcomed. Nippon Professional Baseball is moving to modify its current… Read


Japan reports 15,612 new coronavirus cases


Japan on Monday reported 15,612 new coronavirus cases, down 16,847 from Sunday. Tokyo reported 1,105 new cases, down 1,182 from Sunday. The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo was 39, up one from Sunday, health officials said. The nationwide figure was 406, up one from Sunday.… Read


120 child mistreatment cases reported at nurseries in 10 years in Japan: survey


A total of 120 child abuse and other mistreatment cases at nurseries and kindergartens have been reported at 37 local governments over the past decade, prompting administrative actions, according to a Kyodo News survey released Sunday. The cases have generally been on an uptrend on the back of increased workloads… Read


Geisha wanted to bring tourists, tradition to famous hot spring city in Gifu


The famed hot spring city of Gero is continuing its program of hiring a woman to work at city hall while training as a maiko, or apprentice geisha, in a bid to revive the iconic Japanese tradition and drum up tourism. The hire, the second of its type in the… Read


Man dies after being hit by train in Kagoshima


A man in his 20s or 30s died after he was hit by a train in Kagoshima on Sunday morning, in an apparent suicide. According to JR Kyushu officials and police, the incident occurred at around 6 a.m. on a crossing near JR Kagoshima Station. Local media reported that the… Read


Japan reports 32,459 new coronavirus cases


Japan on Sunday reported 32,459 new coronavirus cases, down 6,122 from Saturday. Tokyo reported 2,287 new cases, down 705 from Saturday. The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo was 38, up four from Saturday, health officials said. The nationwide figure was 405, down 19 from Saturday.… Read


Public expresses anger, concern at Kishida aide's anti-LGBT remarks


Discriminatory remarks made against sexual minorities by a now-sacked aide to Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida sparked fury and worry in the country on Saturday, a day after they were made public. Civic groups, members of the public interviewed on the streets, people posting online and opposition party lawmakers lambasted… Read

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