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Jun 25, 2014

No laughing matter: Japan’s manga comics boldly tackle Fukushima

TOKYO, June 26 (Reuters) – Japanese farmers in Fukushima try
to convince sceptical visitors that their crops are safe from
radiation. Blood trickles from the nose of a reporter who visits
the area.

These are just two of the tales from the aftermath of the
world’s worst nuclear disaster in 25 years – as told by manga,
Japan’s ubiquitous comics for adults and teens, which have taken
up Fukushima on an unprecedented scale even as Japanese film
largely avoids the topic.

Jun 23, 2014

Japan lawmaker in hot water over sexist remark as government embarks on ‘womenomics’

TOKYO (Reuters) – A lawmaker from Japan’s ruling party apologized on Monday for telling a female member of the Tokyo city assembly to “hurry up and get married”, an incident that embarrassed the government as it makes a major push to increase women in the workforce.

City assembly member Ayaka Shiomura, 35, was talking about measures to support child raising and boost fertility during a session last week when male lawmakers interrupted her with cries of “Hurry up and get married” and “Can’t you give birth?”

Jun 20, 2014

South Korea says regrets Japanese review of ‘comfort women’ apology

TOKYO (Reuters) – A Japanese panel tasked with reviewing a landmark apology issued over two decades ago to women, many Korean, who worked in Japan’s wartime military brothels, said South Korea had helped with the sensitive wording of the original document.

South Korea expressed deep regret over Tokyo pushing for the review, saying the results gloss over the facts, and disputed the finding that Seoul was directly involved in the formulation of the formal apology in 1993.

Jun 20, 2014

Japan says had S.Korean input on “comfort women” apology

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan got input from South Korea on the sensitive wording of a landmark apology in 1993 to women, many Korean, who worked in Japan’s wartime military brothels, an expert panel said after reviewing evidence that led to the statement.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihida Suga, commenting on the report, repeated that Japan would not revise the statement on the “comfort women”, as they are euphemistically known in Japan.

Jun 20, 2014

Japan says had South Korean input on ‘comfort women’ apology

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan got input from South Korea on the sensitive wording of a landmark apology in 1993 to women, many Korean, who worked in Japan’s wartime military brothels, an expert panel said after reviewing evidence that led to the statement.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihida Suga, commenting on the report, repeated that Japan would not revise the statement on the “comfort women”, as they are euphemistically known in Japan.

Jun 20, 2014

Outrage in Japan as woman lawmaker jeered for being single, childless

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese officials on Friday condemned the heckling of a woman member of Tokyo’s city assembly, during a debate on support for working mothers, by male members who ridiculed her and called on her to get married.

The incident comes amid a push by the government to increase the number of working women as a way to boost the economy and illustrates deep-seated conservative attitudes in Japan, where many men still believe that a woman’s place is in the home.

Jun 11, 2014

Rising costs force review of Tokyo 2020 venue plans

TOKYO (Reuters) – Rising labor and construction costs are forcing a review of Tokyo’s venue plans for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games and could lead to a scaling back of facilities, Japanese officials said on Wednesday.

The review will include all 10 venues that Tokyo plans to build for the sporting extravaganza the city won the right to host last September on the strength of its financial clout and pledges to keep most competition sites close together.

Jun 11, 2014

Olympics-Rising costs force review of Tokyo 2020 venue plans

TOKYO, June 11 (Reuters) – Rising labour and construction costs are forcing a review of Tokyo’s venue plans for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games and could lead to a scaling back of facilities, Japanese officials said on Wednesday.

The review will include all 10 venues that Tokyo plans to build for the sporting extravaganza the city won the right to host last September on the strength of its financial clout and pledges to keep most competition sites close together.

Jun 10, 2014

Japan shrugs off embarrassing court loss, vows resumption of Antarctic whaling

TOKYO (Reuters) – An embarrassing court ruling that halted Japan’s Antarctic whaling will actually help Tokyo take whales in the name of science, a top whaling official said just a day after the prime minister vowed to press for commercial whaling.

Tokyo’s decades-old and disputed “scientific whaling” program suffered a blow in March when the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in a surprise ruling, ordered a halt to annual hunts in the Southern Ocean.

May 29, 2014

North Korea agrees to reopen probe into Japan abductees

TOKYO (Reuters) – North Korea has agreed to reopen an investigation into the fate of Japanese citizens it kidnapped decades ago, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday, a potential breakthrough in a bitter dispute between Tokyo and Pyongyang.

Japan has agreed to ease some sanctions against North Korea once the probe had been reopened and will consider providing humanitarian aid depending on how the investigation progresses, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said separately.