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Editorial: Provide swift rescue, support for victims of heavy rain in Kumamoto

Kumamoto and Kagoshima prefectures have been hit by record downpours. To rescue and help the victims, the central and local governments must do their utmost to ascertain the extent of the disaster as soon as possible.   The Kuma River, which flows in the southern part of Kumamoto Prefecture, overran its banks and caused a series of landslides and flooding….Read more

  • July 6, 2020
  • , The Japan News , 1:13 p.m.
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Japan panel calls for paternity leave for all new fathers

Tokyo, July 1 (Jiji Press)–A private panel advising Japanese economic and fiscal policy minister Yasutoshi Nishimura compiled Wednesday an interim report calling for creating an environment allowing all new fathers to take paternity leave.   The report also proposed constructing 100 smart cities across Japan to offer efficient and comfortable lives utilizing cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence.   Members of the….Read more

  • July 1, 2020
  • , Jiji Press , 7:03 p.m.
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Single-parent support group in Japan urges more aid to offset income drops from pandemic

Nearly 70 percent of single-parent families have reported or are expecting their income to drop during the coronavirus pandemic, a recent survey by the Single Parent Support Association says.

  • May 31, 2020
  • , The Japan Times
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New public assistance applications in Japan up 31% in April

The number of new applications for public assistance in April, when the impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak expanded, rose to 9,680 (some local governments responded with preliminary figures) in 20 major cities and 23 wards in Tokyo, up 31% from the same month last year, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun survey.   An increasing number of people are believed….Read more

  • May 31, 2020
  • , The Japan News , 1:52 p.m.
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Editorial: Swift policy response needed to retain elderly day care services

A growing number of adult day care services are suspending their operations in response to the new coronavirus outbreak.   Many of them are small-scale businesses offering daytime care programs for the elderly including meal and bath services and short-term stays.   It is said that older people tend to develop serious conditions when they become infected with the new….Read more

  • May 7, 2020
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 4:09 p.m.
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Editorial: Strengthen systems to identify domestic violence amid pandemic

As people continue to refrain from going out due to the spread of the new coronavirus, there are growing concerns about domestic violence. The government must strengthen its system to assess the damage, leading to relief efforts.   “Stress from telecommuting as well as the closure of our children’s school has made my husband violent.” “I intended to leave home….Read more

  • April 20, 2020
  • , The Japan News , 11:58 a.m.
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Warmth of local community nurtures children at Yokosuka orphanage

For more than 70 years, the local community has been supporting the Shunko Gakuen orphanage (Koyabe, Yokosuka City), which was established immediately after Japan’s defeat in World War II.  The orphanage has close ties with the U.S. military. Their friendship began when the U.S. military donated food to the orphanage at a time when food was scarce.

  • December 28, 2019
  • , Kanagawa Shimbun , p. 18
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Govt to help manage food banks’ supply, demand

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry plans to support the activities of food banks (see below), which distribute food products to people in need.   In fiscal 2020, the ministry intends to start testing a system to manage information on demand from recipients and the availability of leftover food mainly from factories, retail stores and restaurants. It hopes its efforts….Read more

  • December 19, 2019
  • , The Japan News , 10:30 a.m.
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Gov’t to urge male staff to take more than 1-month childcare leave

TOKYO — The Japanese government will begin encouraging male workers in the national public service sector to take more than a month of childcare leave starting in fiscal 2020, government sources said Tuesday.   It is considering introducing measures to make it easier for leave applicants to make work arrangements in their absence, and to evaluate managers’ performance based partly on how many subordinates take such leave, according to the sources.   The government will soon announce….Read more

  • October 29, 2019
  • , Kyodo News , 2:01 p.m.
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Expert panel proposes 37 benchmarks for gauging child poverty

On July 29, a panel of experts in the Cabinet Office tasked with reviewing the government’s “Guidelines on Measures to Combat Childhood Poverty” led by Michiko Miyamoto, professor emeritus at the Open University of Japan, put together an outline of additional benchmarks it has proposed for gauging improvements in child poverty. The outline will be finalized early next month for….Read more

  • July 30, 2019
  • , Mainichi , p. 4
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