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Ibaraki adopts ordinance to register child-sex offenders

By HIROMICHI FUJITA/ Staff Writer   MITO–The Ibaraki prefectural assembly on Nov. 16 adopted an ordinance that requires child-sex offenders to be listed in a special register.   It is the third such ordinance in Japan, following ones approved in Osaka and Fukuoka prefectures, Ibaraki officials said.   But unlike the Osaka and Fukuoka ordinances, the Ibaraki one carries no….Read more

  • November 17, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 3:08 p.m.
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Gov’t to release “white paper on children”

The government will release a “white paper on children” starting from next fiscal year. The new report will consolidate the three existing white papers related to children and is intended to provide the public with information that is easier to understand. The new release will coincide with the launch of the agency for children and families, which is slated for….Read more

  • November 3, 2022
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Abductions issue minister observes class at junior high school

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu has observed a junior high school class aimed at raising public awareness about North Korean abductions of Japanese citizens.   Matsuno is also the minister in charge of the abductions issue. He visited Higashi Junior High School in Ageo City, Saitama Prefecture, on Monday, and sat in on the class for the second-year students.….Read more


Japan panel calls for raising minimum age of sexual consent to 16

Tokyo, Oct. 24 (Jiji Press)–A Japanese government panel on Monday proposed raising the minimum age of sexual consent, stipulated under the criminal code, to 16 from the current 13.   In its draft recommendations, the subdivision of the Legislative Council, which advises the justice minister, proposed keeping sexual intercourse with a person aged 12 or younger illegal without exception, as….Read more

  • October 24, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 3:19 p.m.
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Japan to step up efforts to prevent suicides among women, children

Tokyo, Oct. 14 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government said Friday that it will step up efforts to prevent suicides among women and children that have been increasing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.   The number of people who committed suicide in Japan has fallen by some 30 pct from the level in 2006, but that of women and children who killed themselves has increased,….Read more

  • October 14, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 2:58 p.m.
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SOCIETY > Culture

Kabuki love story transcends borders as all-English performance charms Tokyo audience

TOKYO — “Buy my sardines!” Such words echoed onstage as American students and graduates performed a Kabuki play — entirely in English — in Tokyo on Sept. 29. The production drew laughter and applause from a native Japanese audience, proving that the fine art and charming love story transcends language and borders.   Scenes from the 1954 play Iwashi Uri….Read more

  • October 7, 2022
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Japan-America Student Conference held for first time in three years

NHK reported that the Japan-America Student Conference, an exchange program between Japanese and American students launched in 1934, was held for the first time in three years in Annapolis, Maryland. The network explained that the program was suspended in 2019 due to the spread of COVID-19. Past participants reportedly include former Prime Minister Miyazawa, former Secretary of State Kissinger, and….Read more

  • August 25, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

Students report on assistance to Ukrainian evacuees

Tokyo, July 7 (Jiji Press)–A meeting was held in Tokyo on Thursday to share reports by students who were dispatched from Japan to Poland to support evacuees from Ukraine who fled Russia’s invasion.     The meeting was hosted by the Nippon Foundation and its Volunteer Center, which sent the students.     Thirty students engaged in volunteer activities for about two….Read more

  • July 7, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 10:17 p.m.
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Young people should experience the U.S. firsthand

By Aoyama Naoatsu, business news department in Tokyo   U.S. President Joe Biden emphasized the bonds between Japan and the United States during a joint press conference with Prime Minister Kishida Fumio on May 23. He said, “In recent years, the alliance between Japan and the United States. has grown stronger, deeper, and more capable.” The rising tensions in the….Read more

  • June 23, 2022
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Japan’s youth urge people to focus on climate change ahead of upper house election

TOKYO — Young people across Japan took to the streets on July 3 to raise political parties’ and voters’ awareness about measures to fight climate change ahead of the July 10 House of Councillors election.   “Fridays For Future Japan” planned rallies in cities including Tokyo and Kyoto to urge people to make the climate crisis a major election campaign….Read more

  • July 4, 2022
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