Gov't to help Ukrainian evacuees find jobs


Japan's welfare ministry says it will offer specialized job assistance services for Ukrainian evacuees starting this week in Tokyo and Osaka. Ukrainian people who have fled to Japan since Russia's invasion of their country will have access to free consultations on job hunting and requirements for obtaining residency, according to… Read


Court finds COVID restrictions for Tokyo restaurant chain illegal


A Japanese court ruled Monday that an order by the Tokyo metropolitan government for a restaurant chain operator to reduce business hours amid the coronavirus pandemic was illegal, finding the case did not fulfill certain conditions. But the Tokyo District Court rejected a claim by Global-Dining Inc that imposing blanket… Read


Some residents of Fukushima village can finally return home in June


Some residents who used to live in part of a Fukushima village that is still off-limits due to high radiation levels from the 2011 nuclear disaster will finally be allowed to return home as an evacuation order will be lifted on June 12, officials said Monday. Even more than a… Read


4-year-old girl dies after being hit by car driven by father


A four-year-old girl died after she was hit by a a car driven by father in Yanaizu, Fukushima Prefecture. According to police, the incident occurred at around 2 p.m. Sunday, Fukushima TV reported. Police said the girl, Nanaka Arami, was on the road in front of her house when she was… Read


Ukrainian singer Karol in Japan, says her country will rebuild


Ukrainian singer Tina Karol said Monday from Japan that she and her fellow Ukrainians will not give up defending their land and culture from Russian invasion and are determined to win the war and rebuild an even more beautiful country. “My weapon is language and music,” Karol said in Tokyo… Read


Tokyo reports 2,377 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 21,784


The Tokyo metropolitan government on Monday reported 2,377 new coronavirus cases, down 971 from Sunday and down 634 from last Monday. The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is three, down one from Sunday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 134, down five from Sunday. Nationwide,… Read


Man who mistakenly received entire town’s COVID-19 relief money vanishes


Last month we reported on the curious case of one man receiving 46.3 million yen in 100,000-yen COVID-19 relief payments intended for 463 households in the town of Abu, Yamaguchi Prefecture. At the time, the mayor apologized for the clerical error that led to the mistake and was pursuing ways to… Read


Japanese city passes down tale of rescue of enemy Russian sailors


Residents of a city in southwest Japan continue to tell of how its people saved over 200 Russian soldiers from a sinking ship at the height of the 1904-1905 Russo-Japanese War, out of a desire to remember their ancestors' efforts to help those they were at war with. On May… Read


Tokyo reports 3,348 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 35,008


The Tokyo metropolitan government on Sunday reported 3,348 new coronavirus cases, down 451 from Saturday and down 1,363 from last Sunday. The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is four, unchanged from Saturday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 139, down 14 from Saturday. Nationwide, the… Read


Why frustration lingers in Okinawa 50 years after its reversion to Japan


Okinawa on Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of its return to Japan on May 15, 1972, which ended 27 years of U.S. rule after one of the bloodiest battles of World War II was fought on the southern Japanese island. The day is being marked with more bitterness than joy… Read

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