3 dead, 2 missing after apartment building fire in Akita Pref

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Three people died in a fire that destroyed an apartment building in Yokote, Akita Prefecture, on Tuesday morning. Ten other residents were injured, while two remain unaccounted for. According to police, a local resident called 119 just after 1 a.m. to report that flames were coming from the building. The… Read


Unmarried single parents to become eligible for state support


The government has decided to ease financial burdens in child-rearing for unmarried single parents by allowing them to be eligible for the same tax deductions as those who become single parents after having previously married, ministry officials said Tuesday. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare now plans to revise… Read


Japan issues measles warning for travelers to Europe


Japan's health ministry has issued a warning for people traveling to Europe on the back of an outbreak of measles in countries such as Italy and Romania. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is advising tourists to go to hospital if they develop a high fever or generalized rash… Read


Guam official reassures Japan all is calm despite N Korea threat


The lieutenant governor of Guam reassured Japanese on Monday that the U.S. territory is calm amid the recent tension between the U.S. and North Korea. Lt Gov Ray Tenorio said at a news conference with the president of the Guam Visitors Bureau in Tokyo that Guam remains in a "state… Read


Temporary police box opens in whaling town ahead of hunting season


A temporary police box opened Monday in the Japanese whaling town that was the focus of the Academy Award-winning documentary "The Cove," to monitor activities by antiwhalers ahead of the start in September of the dolphin hunting season. Seven officers will be stationed at the temporary police box in the… Read


Miyagi to remove PR video amid sexist criticism


The Miyagi prefectural government said Monday it will remove an online tourism promotional video that has stirred up criticism for being sexually suggestive. The local government in northeastern Japan plans to withdraw the video after a tourism event scheduled for Saturday in Sendai, the prefecture's capital, amid unabated criticism from… Read


30 people left facing ground as USJ roller coaster stops for emergency reason


Thirty passengers on a roller coaster at Osaka’s Universal Studios Japan theme park were left temporarily stuck face down after their ride was interrupted for an emergency reason. The incident took place shortly after 4 p.m. on Sunday. According to park officials, an employee applied the emergency stop system on… Read


74-year-old man rescued 1 week after going missing in Northern Alps


A 74-year-old man was rescued in the Northern Japan alps on Sunday, a week after going missing, police said. Kiyoyuki Tsutsui from Hiroshima said he had eaten pieces of chocolate and drunk water from mountain runoffs while keeping himself warm with his raincoat, according to the police. He was found… Read


NPOs worry as child suicides tend to rise after summer break


Nonprofit organizations and other entities supporting children are stepping up efforts to prevent kids from committing suicide, as students who kill themselves tend to do so around the end of the summer school holidays in Japan. According to data released by the Cabinet Office in 2015, dates when children aged… Read


Parents sending dolls of late children's 'marriage' partners to temple


Hundreds of Japanese parents grieving for the loss of their children have been finding some solace in sending dolls in wedding attire to a temple in the northeast for rare "marriage" rites for people who died single. Yuchi Shiroto, chief priest of Koboji in Tsugaru, Aomori Prefecture, said the doll… Read

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