Kobe hospital gets anonymous ¥5 million cash donation, gives it back, gets it again, keeps it


It probably can’t be repeated enough how much credit is due to hospital staff for constantly facing coronavirus infections head-on while also handling the normal chaos of their lines of work. For that they deserve our respect and admiration, and for those who have the means to do so, a monetary… Read


Japan's total coronavirus cases top 100,000


Japan's cumulative total of confirmed novel coronavirus cases topped 100,000 on Thursday, according to a tally based on official data, amid a recent uptick in the number of new infections coinciding with a resumption of economic activity. The single-day number of new cases across the country reported Thursday was 809,… Read


Local gov'ts plan to use AI to rate seriousness of bullying cases


Nearly 30 local governments across Japan are planning to or interested in introducing an artificial intelligence system designed to assess the seriousness of school bullying cases in hopes of better responding to them, a source close to the matter said Thursday. Otsu city government, which came under fire for the… Read


Tea master selected among 6 Japanese cultural envoys

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A tea ceremony master and a traditional "Ryukyuan" dancer are among six people chosen to represent and promote Japanese arts and culture abroad for fiscal 2020 and 2021, the Cultural Affairs Agency said Thursday. Tea master Sotatsu Ota, 63, and Maki Shida, 50, who specializes in Okinawa's traditional Ryukyuan dance,… Read


Tokyo reports 221 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 803


The Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Thursday reported 221 new cases of the coronavirus, up 50 from Wednesday. The number is the result of 6,187 tests conducted on Oct 26. By age group, the most cases were people in their 20s (58), followed by 48 in their 30s. The tally brought Tokyo's… Read


Japan's aid agency to launch support body for foreign workers


The Japan International Cooperation Agency said Wednesday it will launch an organization next month to provide comprehensive support for foreign workers in Japan to improve their working and living environments. The organization will be established on Nov 16 jointly with the Global Alliance for Sustainable Supply Chain -- a nongovernmental… Read


Suga says plan to release Fukushima water coming soon


Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday that his government is working on the final details of a plan to release massive amounts of radioactive water being stored at the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, a decision that has been delayed by protests. More than nine years after the disaster,… Read


Quarter of LGBT people in Japan have experienced outing: survey


About a quarter of LGBT people in Japan have experienced outing, or had their sexual orientation or gender identity disclosed to others without their consent, an online survey showed Wednesday. Also according to the survey, about two-thirds of the 10,769 respondents in their teens through their 70s felt society was… Read


Japan not considering new reactors to help reach 2050 carbon-neutral goal


Japan is not considering building new nuclear power plants to help it become carbon-free by 2050, the government's top spokesman said on Wednesday. For the world's fifth-biggest emitter, reining in emissions from utilities that contribute about 4/5ths of carbon dioxide output is key to achieving the deadline set by its… Read


Japan considers extending Go To Travel subsidy campaign past January


The Japanese government is considering extending its domestic travel subsidy program beyond late January due to the need for continued support for the struggling tourism industry, sources familiar with the matter said Wednesday. Although a new end date is yet to be determined, some ruling party members are calling for… Read

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