Late-night train services planned during Tokyo Olympics


The Olympics organizing committee and Tokyo metropolitan government said Wednesday they are making arrangements with train operators to offer special late-night train services for those watching the Summer Games between July 24 and Aug 9. In the metropolitan area, eight venues are scheduled to hold events lasting until 11 p.m.… Read


Japan faces decision over contaminated Fukushima nuclear plant water


At the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant north of Tokyo, workers in protective suits are still removing radioactive material from reactors that melted down after an earthquake and tsunami knocked out its power and cooling nearly nine years ago. On an exclusive tour of the plant, spread over 3.5 million square… Read


Gov't streamlines celebration for crown prince's ascension


The government decided Tuesday the outline of a ceremony in April for formally announcing Crown Prince Fumihito's rise to first in line to the Chrysanthemum Throne while reducing the number of banquets and simplifying their style compared with previous ascensions. The 54-year-old became the crown prince after his elder brother,… Read


Abe calls for vigilance, steps against spread of new coronavirus


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday Japan needs to be on high alert and take necessary measures against a new coronavirus amid a spike in patients in China ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays. In a meeting at the prime minister's office, Abe instructed Cabinet ministers to strengthen quarantine… Read


Couple dreams of revitalizing Fukushima with Jersey milk


Being surrounded by the sounds of mooing is just one of the perks of the job for Daisuke and Nana Shimizu, a young couple running a dairy farm in a village in Fukushima Prefecture. Although the wider Tohoku region has been recovering from the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck… Read


Osaka mayor wants to legally control when kids can and can’t use smartphones in their own home


As the mayor of Osaka, a city of more than 2.6 million residents, Ichiro Matsui has a lot of people to look out for. But during a press conference at city hall on Jan 15, it was the children he was thinking of. Specifically, Matsui is concerned about kids who are aren’t attending… Read


Japan looks to protect intellectual property in wagyu beef cattle


Japan's farm ministry on Monday proposed legislation to protect the intellectual property in fertilized eggs and sperm taken from Japan's famous wagyu beef cattle as concerns grow about overseas breeding efforts. The envisioned law allows for injunctions against unauthorized trading, production and export and will penalize business operators who obtain… Read


Japan to extend provisional certification for graduate care workers


Japan's welfare ministry plans to extend special transitional measures to fiscal 2026 that grant graduates of elderly care courses provisional certification without the need to pass a national exam, as part of efforts to alleviate a labor shortage in the sector, ministry sources said Sunday. Officials hope that extending the… Read


New study shows wildlife thriving in areas evacuated after Fukushima nuclear meltdown


A new study published by the University of Georgia reveals the rising abundance of wildlife in rural areas of Fukushima once previously inhabited by humans, but now abandoned after the meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in 2011. Over the course of four months, 160 cameras set up in the evacuated zones… Read


Unicharm develops first diapers for elderly with walking difficulties


Unicharm Corp has developed the first adult diapers in the world to help elderly people with walking difficulties move about more easily. The product, to go on sale in Japan on Feb 4, responds to the needs of a healthy life expectancy market spurred by the nation's rapidly graying population,… Read

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