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Japanese NPO suspected of facilitating transplant using trafficked kidney

A Tokyo-based nonprofit organization is suspected of having facilitated an overseas living donor kidney transplant that used a trafficked kidney. Audio and video recordings obtained by The Yomiuri Shimbun and interviews with individuals affiliated with the NPO reveal that the donor was a Ukrainian woman who was having financial difficulties, and that the price for her kidney was about $15,000….Read more

  • August 7, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 8:00 p.m.
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Editorial: Japan’s foreign intern program should be overhauled to protect human rights

Japanese Justice Minister Yoshihisa Furukawa recently announced that the government will start discussions with an eye to reviewing the Technical Intern Training Program. An expert panel will be set up by the end of the year.   Under the program, the human rights of foreign workers are being ignored. It should be abolished immediately, and a new system to accept….Read more

  • August 5, 2022
  • , The Mainichi
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Editorial: Japan’s mission as A-bombed nation carries greater weight amid global tensions

Hiroshima observed the 77th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of the city on Aug. 6. Nagasaki will also mark its A-bomb anniversary on Aug. 9. The ceremonies come as the world faces a heightened risk of nuclear weapons use amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.   After the turn of the year, five nuclear-weapons nations — the United States,….Read more

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Editorial: Role of cities hit by A-bombs increasingly important

It is an extraordinary situation in which the leader of a major power has threatened to use nuclear weapons as a means of intimidation. The importance of the atomic-bombed cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in conveying the horrors of nuclear weapons to the world is increasing.   Hiroshima and Nagasaki were to mark the 77th anniversary of the atomic bombings….Read more

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Editorial: Atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Nagasaki should be world’s first and last

August 6, 2022, marked 77 years since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima (and of Nagasaki on August 9). It was an event that destroyed countless lives instantaneously and indiscriminately.   In remembrance of those victims, we must renew our commitment to peace.   Now, as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, the threat of nuclear war again looms over the….Read more

  • August 6, 2022
  • , Japan Forward
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Editorial: Let Hiroshima, Nagasaki remain burned in our shared memory

The error shall not be repeated, reads an epitaph in Hiroshima. This summer, as we mark the 77th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the world is facing an increased risk of the error being repeated.   This year, we have witnessed an unpardonable violation of the international order by a major nuclear power, Russia, which invaded….Read more

  • August 6, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 5:30 p.m.
  • English Press

SCIENCE > Health

Japan to roll out Omicron-targeted COVID vaccine as early as Oct.

TOKYO — The Japanese government plans to roll out a new type of COVID-19 vaccine considered effective for the Omicron variant as early as October, sources familiar with the matter said Friday.   The so-called bivalent vaccine combines ingredients used for existing COVID-19 shots and those derived from the BA.1 subtype of the Omicron variant, and is expected to curb the spread of the BA.5….Read more

  • August 5, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 10:28 p.m.
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SOCIETY > Human Rights

Call to serve Muslim detainee halal food at detention center

NAGOYA–Supporters of foreign nationals incarcerated at immigration detention centers are calling on the authorities to review the food menu for Muslims following the case of a man who lost significant weight due to his lack of access to halal dishes. The issue involves a detainee at the Nagoya Regional Immigration Services Bureau.

  • August 7, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 6:15 p.m.
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POLITICS

Gov’t decides comprehensive measures for using women 

  (Sankei: October 11, 2014 – p. 1)    The government held the first meeting of the “headquarters to create a society in which all women shine,” which discusses measures to promote women’s empowerment, on Oct. 10 at the Prime Minister’s Office [Kantei]. The panel, headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, decided a policy package incorporating 35 categories such as….Read more

  • October 11, 2014
  • , Sankei
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SOCIETY > Sports

FEATURE: Japanese baseball, a 150-year journey of transformation

TOKYO — In the 150 years since American educator Horace Wilson began teaching his students in Tokyo about baseball in 1872, the game’s meaning to Japanese and the impact of this nation’s brand of baseball on the world have changed dramatically.   During that time, Japan has become a great baseball-playing nation, producing unique talents such as Hideo Nomo, Ichiro Suzuki, Shohei Ohtani, and now Roki….Read more

  • August 7, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 8:49 p.m.
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