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The release of one million tons of contaminated water into the marine environment imposes considerable risks to the full enjoyment of human rights of concerned populations in and beyond the borders of Japan,

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Marcos Orellana, Michael Fakhri and David Boyd, three independent U.N. human rights experts, expressing regret over Japan's recent decision to release treated radioactive water accumulated at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, saying it could impact millions of people across the Pacific region. Read

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Smearing a person who has been going through a great distress after her daughter’s disappearance is beyond understanding.

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Kazuhito Ozawa, a lawyer representing Tomoko Ogura, who is taking legal action to reveal the identities of people who accused her in online posts of being behind the disappearance of her seven-year-old daughter Misaki at a campsite in 2019. Ogura said she became the target of a barrage of online abuse. Read

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There are increasing calls for toughening the penalty from online slander victims and others.

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A Justice Ministry spokesperson. The ministry is considering reviewing the statutory penalty for insult after the suicide of professional wrestler and reality show cast member Hana Kimura, who suffered online slander. Read

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For the new age, we will select astronauts based on whether they can adapt to their missions rather than whether they are science or humanities majors.

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Kazuyoshi Kawasaki, a senior official for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Human Spaceflight Technology department. Japan's national space agency is looking to expand its horizons by dropping the science major requirement for potential astronauts as it launches its first recruitment drive in 13 years. Read

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There has been a shift in sales from comic magazines to comic books, but there is a further shift toward digital comics at an increasing pace.

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Atsushi Mizuno, a researcher at Shuppan Kagaku Kenkyujo. Combined sales of print and digital manga passed 600 billion yen in 2020 for the first time since records began in 1978, according to Shuppan Kagaku Kenkyujo (Research institute of publication science). Read

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We are seeing more cases of late-stage cancers than usual, possibly due to a decline in screenings. People should go to the hospital without hesitation if they have any symptoms, and also undergo regular examinations.

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Sano Takeshi, director of the Cancer Institute Hospital in Tokyo, saying  the number of cancer surgeries performed at the hospital plunged last year. He attributed the fall in screenings to fears about the coronavirus pandemic. Read

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I don’t need to clean the room and can concentrate on my work. I feel safe here, too, from a security perspective.

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Mariko Ishii, a hospital executive who booked an extended-stay service at Keio Presso Inn Nihonbashi Kayabacho, in Tokyo. Hoteliers have been turning to unconventional business models such as long-term stays and offering other perks to cope with the impact of the coronavirus on their business. Read

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Weighing options other than relocating the Futenma base to Henoko would benefit Tokyo and Washington in terms of strengthening their alliance. At the same time, the Japanese government has the responsibility to reduce the prefecture’s U.S. base burden.

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Fumiaki Nozoe, an associate professor of international politics at Okinawa International University, commenting on costly land reclamation work for a new U.S. base in Okinawa. Read

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We want people to prepare for possible powerful earthquakes and tsunamis regardless of whether they are aftershocks or not.

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A Japan Meteorological Agency spokesperson. The agency has stopped using the term "aftershocks" for strong earthquakes occurring in areas around the focus of the March 2011 9.0-magnitude quake that devastated the country's northeast. Read

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