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If the panel goes into it, it will inevitably have to discuss the issues of allowing women and males of the female line to become the emperor. Such issues will be too heavy to tackle at this stage.


A senior government official, saying that any discussion of expanding the number of successors to the Chrysanthemum Throne, including proposals to open the way for a woman to become emperor, is off the table for now. Read

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To say ‘get vaccinated’ when there are no vaccines available shows that she has no understanding of the situation at the local level.


A 34-year-old company employee in Kokubunji, western Tokyo, commenting on Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike's calls for young people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, which have exacerbated frustrations over the shortages of doses in the capital. Read

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The working-age generation is more susceptible to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on their working environment, and we want to effectively connect people with anxiety and worries to counseling services.


A Yamanashi prefectural government spokesperson. The number of suicides in the prefecture in the January-May period of 2021 increased to 68, up 21, or 44.7%, from the same period last year. Read

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The Olympics are being held, and the summer vacation period is beginning in earnest. The delta variant of the coronavirus has also played a part, and it means a range of factors conducive to infections have come together.


Tetsuya Matsumoto, an expert in infectious diseases and a professor at the International University of Health and Welfare, suggesting reasons why coronavirus infection numbers haven't fallen. Read

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I reckon the bubble of the Olympic village is having a big impact on athletes. They used to be able to go out and party after their events, but now they're not able to do that, for the first time in recent history.


Julie-Ann Tullberg, an expert in sports psychology and sports journalism at Monash University in Australia, commenting on American gymnast Simone Biles' decision to withdraw from the women's team gymnastics event over mental health concerns. Tullberg says that mental health has long been swept under the carpet as a reason of… Read

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Skin grafting is essential to saving lives.


A spokesperson for the Japan Skin Bank Network, saying Japan faces the challenge of securing skin donors with the number of people who agree to donate their skin after death on the decline. Read

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Efficiency and satisfaction with remote work has deteriorated, and 'telework fatigue' is emerging.


A spokesperson for the Japan Productivity Center, commenting on a survey that showed the proportion of people who worked fully remotely in a recent week in Japan fell from that in April. Read

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The unavailability of information on vaccines is a common problem faced by all foreign residents of Japan with language barriers. To spread information, public administration services should work with communities of non-Japanese and their support groups, and they should also use social media platforms that are viewed by non-Japanese.


Pham Nguyen Quy, a Vietnamese doctor with the Kyoto Min-iren Chuo Hospital. Many foreign residents are facing language barriers concerning the COVID-19 vaccine program, prompting calls for simpler Japanese in notifications and instructions that non-Japanese speakers can understand. Read

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Japan can no longer leave things unattended with global developments over digital currencies moving so rapidly.


A finance ministry official. Japan is beefing up its diplomatic efforts to regulate digital currencies globally, a sign of the government's growing alarm that a proliferation of new forms of private money could upend the financial system. Read

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