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Culture ministers of Japan, ROK, China agree to strengthen youth exchanges

NHK reported that the culture ministers from Japan, South Korea, and China met in person for the first time in four years in Jeonju, South Korea, today and agreed to strengthen cultural exchanges among youth and cooperate in developing tourism content utilizing the arts. The network said the meeting was attended by Culture Minister Nagaoka and her Chinese and South….Read more


Cartoon: Two sides of the same coin

  • September 3, 2023
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Japan Education Ministry to impose fine on Unification Church

Tokyo, Sept. 6 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese education ministry has decided to impose a civil fine on the religious group known as the Unification Church for failing to answer questions submitted by the ministry, officials said Wednesday.   The Religious Juridical Persons Council, an advisory panel to the education minister, Wednesday gave the go-ahead to impose the fine on the controversial….Read more

  • September 6, 2023
  • , Jiji Press , 09:21 p.m.
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SCIENCE > Health

Gov’t panel on novel influenza response selects successor to Omi

At its meeting on Sept. 4, the government’s Council for the Promotion of Countermeasures against Novel Influenza selected Igarashi Takashi, president of the National Center for Child Health and Development, as head of the council to succeed Omi Shigeru, chairman of the Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association. The council will review the government’s action plan on countermeasures against novel influenza, which outlines….Read more

  • September 5, 2023
  • , Mainichi , p. 22
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POLITICS > Cabinet

LDP to make database to increase female lawmakers

Tokyo, Sept. 6 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party is poised to create a database on women aiming to become politicians as one of additional measures to increase female lawmakers of the party.   At its meeting Tuesday, the LDP’s Headquarters for Implementing the Reform of Party, chaired by party Secretary-General Toshimitsu Motegi, compiled the additional measures to support women….Read more

  • September 6, 2023
  • , Jiji Press , 12:31 p.m.
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Cartoon: Kanto Massacre deniers

INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Editorial: China must stop its citizens’ irrational harassment of Japan

Since the release of treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japanese locations that suffered heavily from the 2011 accident have been bombarded by harassment phone calls coming from China. Stones have even been thrown at some Japanese schools in China. Beijing has no right to ignore these irrational and dangerous acts and should take strong measures to put….Read more

  • September 6, 2023
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Editorial: Crisis management agency: Comprehensively review preparedness for infectious disease outbreaks

No matter how much the central government called for efforts, there were not enough hospital beds for COVID-19 patients and it took time for a testing system to be put in place. In the event of another infectious disease outbreak, the command post must play a role to avoid repeating mistakes made amid the coronavirus pandemic.   The Cabinet Agency….Read more

  • September 2, 2023
  • , The Japan News , 4:23 p.m.
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SOCIETY > Human Rights

Sakie Yokota calls for expeditious return of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korean agents

Sakie Yokota, 87, called for the expeditious return of her daughter Megumi and other Japanese nationals abducted by North Korean agents during a meeting Saturday with Yoshiaki Wada, State Minister of Cabinet Office in charge the abduction issue.   Megumi was abducted by North Korean agents in 1977 at the age of 13.   A member of the Asagao-no-Kai group….Read more

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