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Editorial: Nagasaki atomic bombing victims need broader relief measures

Nagasaki observed the 77th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of the southwest Japan city on Aug. 9. There are numerous people who have yet to be officially recognized as hibakusha, or A-bomb survivors, by government authorities and who have not received sufficient public assistance, even though they were affected by the atomic bombings. The Japanese government is urged to….Read more

  • August 9, 2022
  • , The Mainichi
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Kishida vows to keep Nagasaki ‘as last place to endure horror’ of nuclear weapons

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who represents a constituency in Hiroshima, on Tuesday became the first leader from an atomic-bombed city to attend the ceremony marking the A-bombing of Nagasaki.   “Even in the midst of a severe security environment, we must continue the history of not using nuclear weapons, keeping Nagasaki as the last place to endure the horror of….Read more

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Police question man possessing explosive material near U.S. Embassy in Tokyo

Yomiuri wrote that police officers found what appeared to be an explosive device containing homemade gunpowder in the belongings of a man they questioned in front of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo at around 9:00 p.m. on Monday. The police are investigating the incident on suspicion of violation of the Explosives Control Law because the man reportedly told them he….Read more

  • August 10, 2022
  • , Yomiuri
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Japanese population falls to record low of 123.22 million

All national dailies wrote that on Tuesday the Internal Affairs Ministry released data showing that the Japanese population had declined to 123.22 million as of Jan. 1 this year, the largest drop in the overall number and by percentage since comparable data became available in 2013. The number of Japanese decreased by 619,140, marking a drop for the 13th straight….Read more

  • August 10, 2022
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Sri Lankan family seeks Japan panel review over detainee’s death

NAGOYA – The sisters of a Sri Lankan woman who died last year while being detained at an immigration center in Nagoya filed a complaint Monday with a judicial panel to seek a review of prosecutors’ decision not to bring charges in the case.   The move came after the Nagoya District Public Prosecutors Office decided in June not to prosecute….Read more

  • August 8, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 6:12 p.m.
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EXCLUSIVE: Japan NPA to increase involvement in VIP guard

Tokyo, Aug. 4 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s National Police Agency aims to step up its involvement in drawing up plans for VIP protection after the fatal shooting of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Jiji Press learned Thursday.   The agency is reviewing the country’s VIP security schemes following the July 8 shooting to publish the results later this month.   The agency is also considering….Read more

  • August 4, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 12:36 p.m.
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SOCIETY > Human Rights

Health minister to gather info on suspected organ trafficking

Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Shigeyuki Goto said Monday he will gather information on a Tokyo-based nonprofit organization’s involvement in suspected organ trafficking.   “I will work on gathering information while collaborating with relevant academic societies,” Goto said at a press conference after a Cabinet meeting Monday. “If police ask me for cooperation, I will fully cooperate with them.”  

  • August 8, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 3:44 p.m.
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Fake passport used to pass off transplant as between relatives

The price per kidney was $15,000, the equivalent today of about ¥2 million. The kidney transplant for the Japanese patient was conducted in the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan. A Japanese nonprofit organization acted as an intermediary. A passport was forged for the Ukrainian donor to make it look like she was a relative of the patient. The patient whose….Read more

  • August 8, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 4:44 p.m.
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Editorial: Government must clarify its own role in ongoing pandemic response

The number of new cases of novel coronavirus infections remains high. The crisis cannot be overcome by simply leaving the response to local governments. The central government should take the lead and steer countermeasures.   Many prefectures have issued declarations of strengthened measures against the BA.5 omicron subvariant under a new system of novel coronavirus countermeasures. The prefectures are once….Read more

  • August 9, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 12:10 p.m.
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SCIENCE > Health

Health Ministry approves plan to offer Omicron-specific vaccines from mid-October

All national dailies reported that a panel of experts under the Ministery of Health, Labor, and Welfare approved on Monday a plan to begin administering new coronavirus vaccines that target Omicron subvariants in mid-October. The new vaccines, called bivalent vaccines because of their combination of ingredients deriving from existing COVID-19 vaccines and the Omicron variant’s BA.1 subtype, will be administered….Read more

  • August 9, 2022
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