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Tokyo Report: Suicide increasing among women, minors in Japan

Tokyo, April 26 (Jiji Press)–More women and children are dying by suicide in Japan due to economic difficulties and changes in life amid the novel coronavirus crisis.     Last year, 20,919 people killed themselves, an increase of 750, or 3.7 pct, from 2019, according to a preliminary report by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. The increase was the….Read more

  • April 26, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 7:30 p.m.
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Editorial: Society must assist ‘young carers’ struggling under heavy family burden

Situations in which children and young people bear a heavy burden of providing care for family members, and have their studies and lives affected as a result, must not be overlooked. It is important for local governments and relevant organizations to cooperate to provide them with appropriate assistance.   The government has released the results of the first nationwide survey….Read more

  • April 26, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 3:17 p.m.
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Student questions Japan’s climate reduction target

A Japanese university student is questioning the government’s new target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.   Nakamura Suzuka, who is a member of the international youth climate movement Fridays for Future, attended the Lower House committee meeting as an observer on Friday.   The movement emerged after Swedish activist Greta Thunberg began skipping school every Friday in 2018 to bring….Read more


Editorial: Young people caring for family members need greater support

There is growing attention in Japan to young people who regularly look after family members who require care because of illness, aging or other reasons.   These young caregivers may have to do most of the household chores as their parents are ill, for example, or take care of their brothers and sisters. Or they may need to attend to….Read more

  • April 22, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 4:01 p.m.
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Children with foreign roots a growing social issue in Japan

Nearly 4 percent of children living in group homes for youngsters across Japan have at least one parent with foreign roots, forcing staff members to confront issues they were not initially trained to handle, an Asahi Shimbun study shows.   The welfare ministry began a nationwide survey on children of foreign ancestry at children’s institutions last year due to a lack of official….Read more

  • April 18, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 6:28 p.m.
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Gone before the intermission, “digital natives” no time for the likes of “Seven Samurai”

As a self-proclaimed movie buff, Miharu Takagi was shocked to discover that she couldn’t concentrate long enough to watch the La La Land at a premier in 2016 even though she’d been looking forward to seeing it for many months. The 27-year-old Tokyoite began to feel the 128-minute-long musical romantic comedy was “way too long” even before it was half….Read more

  • April 15, 2021
  • , AERA, Shukan Gendai
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SOCIETY > Human Rights

Justice minister acknowledges “serious issue” of stateless babies

By Mari Fujisaki, staff writer   At a press conference following the Cabinet meeting on April 13, Minister of Justice Yoko Kawakami said she is aware of the increase in the number of stateless newborns and infants in Japan. “(From the Statistics on Foreign National Residents) we are aware that there are people without a state,” said Kawakami. “We have….Read more

  • April 14, 2021
  • , Asahi , p. 29
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6 pct of 2nd-yr junior high children give care to family

Tokyo, April 12 (Jiji Press)–A government survey showed Monday that 5.7 pct of children in the second year of junior high school in Japan have family members who suffer chronic illness or other problems and are receiving care from them.     The survey on so-called “young carers” by the welfare and education ministries also found that more than 10 pct….Read more

  • April 12, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 4:04 p.m.
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Survey: 41% OK with corporal punishment against children

By Atsuko Hatayama, staff writer   More than 40 percent of Japanese adults believe that corporal punishment, including hitting, slapping and kicking, can be used to discipline children, a survey by Save the Children Japan showed.   The results of the nationwide online survey conducted in January were released to mark one year since the revised Child Welfare Law, which….Read more

  • March 26, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 5:02 p.m.
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SCIENCE > Environment

Half of younger people in Japan ignorant of “decarbonized society”

Tokyo, March 19 (Jiji Press)–Half of Japanese people in younger generations are ignorant of “a decarbonized society” in which greenhouse gas emissions are reduced to net zero, a Cabinet Office survey showed Friday.     According to the poll on climate change, conducted after Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared in October last year that Japan will go carbon neutral by 2050,….Read more

  • March 19, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 8:36 p.m.
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