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Child abuse and domestic violence occur in the same household in many cases.


Chisato Kitanaka, who heads Tokyo-based nonprofit organization All Japan Women’s Shelter Network. School closures and office workers who are working remotely have led to an increase in domestic abuse, experts say. Read

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I don't want to see incidents where businesses refuse people's entries just because they're foreigners. There are many non-Japanese residents living in our prefecture, and it's not desirable to build walls in such places.


Saga Prefecture Gov Yoshinori Yamaguchi, criticizing some restaurants in the prefecture for refusing to serve foreign customers due to fears over the coronavirus pandemic. He told them to refrain from heartless acts. Read

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I know it is a special season for students to get together and socialize for graduation, enrollment, new employment and other things, but I urge them to be cautious in what they do and think about preventing the spread of infection.


Kyoto Governor Takatoshi Nishiwaki, speaking at a news conference this week, following a recent spike in the number of Kyoto Sangyo University students confirmed with the coronavirus. Officials are pleading with young people to stop partying during the pandemic. Read

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A state of emergency — wherever it is declared and for whatever reason — must be proportionate to its aim, have parliamentary oversight and only remain in place for as long as absolutely necessary.

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Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, the human rights chief of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, saying that many countries around the world are cracking down on basic human rights as they fight the coronavirus pandemic. Read

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It can never be destroyed unless one resorts to a high-performance, industrial power tool.


Shungo Fujishige, vice chief of the technical department of Ito Tekko Co, which has created a virtually indestructible urinal from cast iron, following a series of vandalism cases at public toilets in Tokyo and other areas. Read

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The government has given an optimistic picture all along, and so people don’t have an image of it being that scary.


Masahiro Kami, executive director at the Medical Governance Research Institute, who has been calling for more extensive testing for the coronavirus. Critics of the Japanese government say that by rationing tests only to people with prolonged fevers and more serious symptoms, the government has undercounted the number of infections and… Read

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On Japanese TV debate programs, men discuss difficult subjects while female announcers are on the set like ornaments. On TV dramas, too, you might see men holding a business meeting and women serving them tea.


Izumi Nakamitsu, under-secretary-general and high representative for disarmament affairs. She says gender gaps remain significant in Japan as traditional roles for men and women are strongly reinforced in the society and through mass media, leaving many women accustomed to restrictive norms and limited opportunities. Read

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There is no need to panic. There will be no interruptions to the nation's steady supplies of food and there are sufficient stocks.


Japanese Agriculture Minister Taku Eto, calling on consumers to stay calm and not to rush and buy more food than they need. Read

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It is impossible to control feelings of unease over invisible threats.

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Kai Hiraishi, an associate professor of psychology at Keio University. Amid fears over the coronavirus, someone who coughs or sneezes on a train will likely encounter hostile glares or worse. Read

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