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Households with kids who lost parents in Great East Japan quake and tsunami face poverty

Of homes that lost a parent or parents in the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, nearly half now have annual incomes of under 2 million yen (approx. $19,000), as compared to 6% of the same households before the disaster, a Mainichi Shimbun survey of the households’ children and their guardians has revealed.   Among the guardians, some 30% were….Read more

  • December 12, 2020
  • , The Mainichi
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Feature: Japan’s disabled suffer as train stations increasingly go unstaffed

operators to no longer staff many less frequented train stations, causing major accessibility problems for the nation’s disabled.   Harumi Yoshida is just one person who has seen his ability to travel curtailed by the lack of assistance at train stations.   A resident of Oita Prefecture, southwestern Japan, Yoshida often took a train to visit a friend, but the….Read more

  • December 12, 2020
  • , Kyodo News , 12:29 p.m.
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Japan eyes tax break for childcare subsidies

The government and ruling parties intend to waive income and consumption taxes on municipal governments’ subsidies for babysitting services and postnatal care programs, it has been learned.   The tax exemptions are intended to support child-rearing households that have suffered economically due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, by reducing the financial burden of using such services. The measure is expected….Read more

  • December 7, 2020
  • , The Japan News , 7:24 p.m.
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Actual drug prices in Japan 8 pct lower than state-set levels

Tokyo, Dec. 2 (Jiji Press)–Actual drug prices medical institutions in Japan paid to wholesalers in September were some 8 pct lower than the state-set official prices, a health ministry survey report showed Wednesday.     The report was shared at a meeting of the Central Social Insurance Medical Council, which advises the health minister.     Japan revises official drug prices and….Read more

  • December 2, 2020
  • , Jiji Press , 1:05 p.m.
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Unwanted infants bound to rise in current COVID-19 climate

KUMAMOTO–The COVID-19 crisis is expected to spark an increase in unwanted pregnancies, according to a hospital here that takes infants into its care with no questions asked.   It cited the 11 newborns taken in during fiscal 2019 that ended in March, 10 of which were not delivered at a medical institution but likely at home where the mother found herself….Read more

  • November 28, 2020
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 5:48 p.m.
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Editorial: Care must be taken to secure housing amid economic impact of pandemic

The employment situation is deteriorating due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. Sufficient care must be taken to prevent an increase in the number of people who will be unable to pay rent and will lose their homes.   The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry is considering extending the period of the housing assistance benefits, which are designed to….Read more

  • November 29, 2020
  • , The Japan News , 3:06 p.m.
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Students submit petition to raise age of consent from 13 to 16

A group of university students submitted a petition to the Justice Ministry on Nov. 20 requesting that the age of consent be raised from the current 13 to 16.   The group called Your Voice Matters started a petition drive over the internet and collected about 40,000 signatures. The petition and request was addressed to Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa.  ….Read more

  • November 21, 2020
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 4:40 p.m.
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Editorial: Keep protecting children from abuse that may be hidden amid pandemic

The spread of novel coronavirus infections has increased the risk of child abuse. It is important to improve preparedness to detect any signs of abuse at the earliest possible stage.   Some parents say they have slapped their children because they were crying loudly, while others expressed fears that they might abuse their infant children while under the stress of….Read more

  • July 31, 2020
  • , The Japan News , 12:50 p.m.
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Japan vows support to foreigners sacked amid pandemic

Tokyo, July 14 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government on Tuesday included employment support for foreign technical trainees who have lost jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic in a comprehensive package of measures aimed at bringing in more foreign workers.   The comprehensive package also newly included the creation of certified Japanese-language teacher status amid a growing need for language education to….Read more

  • July 14, 2020
  • , Jiji Press , 2:06 p.m.
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Editorial: Secure evacuation methods for elderly people when heavy rains hit

Record-level heavy rains have continued over a wide area of the Japanese archipelago. A number of people have died in the Kyushu region as a result.   Residents in rain-hit areas are required to remain on full alert against landslides and the flooding of rivers.   It has been a week since heavy rains began, causing damage in Kumamoto and….Read more

  • July 11, 2020
  • , The Japan News , 12:22 p.m.
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