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Jul 7, 2014

Super typhoon takes aim at Japan, emergency warnings issued

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s weather agency on Monday issued emergency warnings to urge people in the country’s southern islands to take maximum precautions as a super typhoon described as a “once in decades storm” is set to rake the Okinawa island chain with heavy rain and powerful winds.

Typhoon Neoguri was already gusting at more than 250 km an hour (150 mph) and may pick up still more power as it moves northwest, growing into an “extremely intense” storm by Tuesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.

Jun 30, 2014

Man saved from Nazis by “Japan’s Schindler” returns on journey of homage

TOKYO, June 30 (Reuters) – In 1940, a small Jewish boy
fleeing the Nazis put in to a remote Japanese port, saved by a
Japanese consul who issued exit visas from Lithuania against his
government’s orders, rescuing thousands of desperate European
Jews from certain death.

Leo Melamed arrived in Japan with little more than the
clothes on his back but went on to the United States, becoming a
lawyer and head of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), where
he introduced the idea of financial futures trading.

Jun 27, 2014

IOC urges ‘sustainable’ Tokyo Games, lauds venue review

TOKYO (Reuters) – International Olympic Committee vice president John Coates has urged Tokyo to ensure plans for the 2020 Summer Games avoid wasteful construction and welcomed talk of reviewing or possibly scaling back venues.

Japanese officials, led by Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe, said earlier this month that rising labor and construction costs were forcing the Japanese capital to rethink its plans for 10 venues it intended to build for the games.

Jun 27, 2014

Olympics-IOC urges ‘sustainable’ Tokyo Games, lauds venue review

TOKYO, June 27 (Reuters) – International Olympic Committee vice president John Coates has urged Tokyo to ensure plans for the 2020 Summer Games avoid wasteful construction and welcomed talk of reviewing or possibly scaling back venues.

Japanese officials, led by Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe, said earlier this month that rising labour and construction costs were forcing the Japanese capital to rethink its plans for 10 venues it intended to build for the games.

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.