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Whaling industry struggling after 3 years of commercial whaling

By Ryosuke Kobashiri / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer   July 1 marks three years since Japan withdrew from the International Whaling Commission and resumed commercial whaling.   The whaling industry is striving to modernize by building a new mother ship and cutting costs through joint operations, but its future is still uncertain, as the popularity of whale meat remains low.….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 6:00 a.m.
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EDITORIAL: Legal systems for marriage, family should match societal changes

People’s values and lifestyles are becoming increasingly more diverse.   Some 510,000 couples tied the knot in Japan last year, only about half the figure 50 years ago. The number of people who never get married is trending upward in all generations.   Around 30 percent of 50-year-old men and women have no spouse.   It has long been taken….Read more

  • June 30, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 12:31 p.m.
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SCIENCE > Health

Tokyo raises alert level amid resurgence in COVID-19 cases

All national dailies wrote that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government decided at its monitoring meeting on Thursday to raise its COVID-19 alert to the second highest of four levels amid a continuous rise in coronavirus infections in the country. Experts warned at the meeting that the virus is spreading again. On Thursday, Tokyo reported 3,621 new daily cases, up about 1,200….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
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SCIENCE > Health

ANA to resume direct flights between Beijing and Narita after two-year hiatus

Yomiuri and Sankei wrote that All Nippon Airways said on Thursday that it will resume direct flights between Beijing and Narita on July 11. The carrier had suspended flights to Beijing in March 2020 owing to the coronavirus pandemic. ANA will only operate one flight a week between the two cities for the time being in response to the Chinese….Read more

POLITICS > Elections

FOCUS: Japan’s perilously low birthrate a forgotten election issue

TOKYO — Geopolitical and economic concerns are dominating headlines ahead of the upcoming House of Councillors election, putting the critical issue of Japan’s stubbornly low birthrate on the backburner at a time when it needs to be front of mind for the government.   Experts on social and family issues stress the urgent need to create an environment that encourages….Read more

  • June 30, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 8:13 a.m.
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FOCUS: Disclosure of employees’ birthrate sparks blowback at Japan firm

TOKYO — An effort to promote child-rearing among employees turned sour when a Japanese company publically disclosed the birthrate among its staff members, sparking criticism that it is meddling in their lives and creating unfair expectations.   In April, major trading house Itochu Corp. published the average number of children its female employees are estimated to bear in a lifetime,….Read more

  • June 30, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 12:49 p.m.
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Evacuation order lifted in Fukushima nuclear plant town after 11 yrs

FUKUSHIMA, Japan — An evacuation order imposed due to high radiation levels was lifted Thursday in part of a town hosting the Fukushima nuclear power plant, allowing residents to return home permanently for the first time since the March 2011 nuclear disaster.   Restrictions in a “difficult-to-return” zone in Okuma were lifted at 9 a.m., making it the first of….Read more

  • June 30, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 2:25 p.m.
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Japanese youth’s mental well-being a concern as many report low satisfaction levels

TOKYO — Though physically healthy, Japan’s children have been suffering from a poor mental state, according to a well-being report released by UNICEF in 2020. The survey, which compared the levels of happiness in children from 38 countries, saw Japan rank first for physical health, but 37th for mental well-being.    In addition to high suicide rates among young people,….Read more

  • June 29, 2022
  • , The Mainichi
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SECURITY > Okinawa

MSDF rescues American family from crippled yacht off Okinawa

NHK reported online that the MSDF rescued an American family of three from their crippled yacht in waters off Okinawa on Tuesday. According to the network, the yacht, ALIYAH, went dead in the water after it was dismasted in bad weather in waters about 770 km off the main island of Okinawa. The 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters reportedly said….Read more

  • June 29, 2022
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