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Feature: S. Korea, Japan students share summer house, deepen understanding

SEOUL – Amid a fraught relationship between South Korea and Japan, seven students from the two countries spent the summer together — cooking, relaxing in front of the TV, and yes, trying to hash out their countries’ political differences while deepening their understanding of each other.   The undertaking, involving four Japanese studying in South Korea and three South Koreans who can speak….Read more

  • October 5, 2021
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Komeito proposes 100,000-yen handout for under-19s

 Tokyo, Sept. 21 (Jiji Press)–Komeito, a member of Japan’s ruling coalition, Tuesday released its first set of policy pledges for the upcoming general election, including a 100,000-yen cash handout for those under age 19.     Komeito hopes to include the cash benefit in a fresh coalition agreement it plans to conclude with its partner, the Liberal Democratic Party, after the….Read more

  • September 21, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 8:28 p.m.
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Experts reach out to Japanese youths to debunk COVID-19 vaccine myths

BY MAGDALENA OSUMI, STAFF WRITER   Will vaccines against COVID-19 cause infertility in women? Or will a dose make someone sick because the live coronavirus is inside the shot? After all, aren’t the vaccines unsafe because they were developed too quickly?   Such rumors and false claims have been spreading online, especially on social media, spurring anti-vaccination attitudes among Japanese….Read more

  • September 20, 2021
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COVID-19 cases among kids rise sharply due to vaccine policy

By Ichino Kai, staff writer   The ratio of children aged 18 or younger with COVID-19 is now close to one-quarter of the nation’s overall caseload total, according to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID).   Children younger than 12 are not eligible to receive inoculation jabs under current vaccine rollout regulations.   Cases began to spike in August after….Read more

  • September 19, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 5:55 p.m.
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30 pct of children hospitalized with COVID-19 had no symptoms

Tokyo, Sept. 10 (Jiji Press)–Some 30 pct of hospitalized COVID-19 patients aged under 18 in Japan had no symptoms, a team of researchers said Friday.   Of 1,038 child COVID-19 patients whose hospitalizations were reported between January 2020 and February 2021, 308, or 29.7 pct, showed no symptoms, according to the team.   Most of the other children had mild….Read more

  • September 10, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 5:23 p.m.
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Editorial: Surge in child abuse cases shows risk of pandemic-related isolation

The coronavirus pandemic has cast its shadow even over marriages and parent-child relationships. Central and local government support is necessary so that families with children are not isolated from society.   Child abuse cases reported to child consultation centers nationwide in fiscal 2020 numbered a record 205,029. The figure was up by more than 10,000 from the previous year, exceeding….Read more

  • August 31, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 12:51 p.m.
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Editorial: Authorities, parents must be vigilant as virus affects start of school term

The new school term has begun in many parts of the country with the fifth wave of novel coronavirus infections not yet under control. As the number of children infected with the virus is increasing, schools need to be more vigilant than ever.   According to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, the number of people under 20 who were….Read more

  • August 28, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 1:04 p.m.
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Child abuse cases top 200,000 in Japan in FY 2020

Tokyo, Aug. 27 (Jiji Press)–Child abuse cases in Japan topped 200,000 in fiscal 2020 for the first time since data started in fiscal 1990, the welfare ministry said in a preliminary report Friday.   In the year through last March, the number of abuse-related consultations handled by child consultation centers across the country grew by 11,249, or 5.8 pct, from….Read more

  • August 27, 2021
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Babies under 1 make up half of child abuse deaths in Japan

Tokyo, Aug. 27 (Jiji Press)–Seventy-eight children died of abuse in Japan in fiscal 2019, down by five from the preceding year, an experts’ panel of the welfare ministry said in a survey report Friday.   Excluding cases in which children were killed due to murder-suicide by parents, child abuse deaths came to 57 in the year to March 2020. Of….Read more

  • August 27, 2021
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Child suicides in Jan.-Jul. up from year earlier

Japanese government figures show that more children killed themselves in the first seven months of this year than in the same period last year.   The health ministry says 270 elementary to senior high school students killed themselves from January to July this year.   That’s up 29 from the same period in 2020, when the number for the entire….Read more

  • August 26, 2021
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