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EXCLUSIVE: Schoolyards to Be Open for Children to Ease Stress

April 7, 2020

Tokyo- The Japanese government will allow school playgrounds to be open during the emergency school shutdown amid the coronavirus epidemic, so children can ease stress built up from having to stay at home, Jiji Press learned Tuesday. The decision will


TOKYO REPORT: Solutions Needed for Purchases of U.S. Weapons

April 6, 2020

Tokyo- Japan faces growing need to address delivery delays and other problems related to its procurement of defense equipment under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program amid continued growth in defense spending by the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.


Japanese Artist Jiro Takamatsu at The Armory Show

March 4, 2020

People look at paintings by Japanese artist Jiro Takamatsu at The Armory Show, an annual art fair, in New York, New York, USA, Wednesday, 04 March 2020. The show features 20th- and 21st-century art presented by galleries from around the


EXCLUSIVE: DMAT Struggled on Quarantined Diamond Princess

February 22, 2020

Tokyo- Japanese doctor Hoei Hayashi has given a detailed account of the struggles of disaster medical assistance team, or DMAT, members aboard the coronavirus-hit cruise ship Diamond Princess. “There was no manual. It was incessant trial and error,” said Hayashi,


25 Years On: Young Woman Makes 1995 Kobe Quake Personal through Writing

January 17, 2020

Kobe- Young people without firsthand experience of the 1995 Kobe earthquake are learning to understand the threats of disasters on a personal level through writing articles about them for a special website. A total of 27 high school and university


EXCLUSIVE: Funeral Preparations Started 7 Years before Emperor Hirohito’s Death

December 29, 2019

Tokyo- Japan’s Foreign Ministry started preparations for the funeral of then Emperor Hirohito and held secret talks with the Imperial Household Agency on the matter in 1982, seven years before his death, according to recently declassified ministry records reviewed by


FOCUS: Pope’s Japan visit highlights gap over nuclear weapons

November 26, 2019

Tokyo–Pope Francis’ visit to Japan has highlighted the gap between Tokyo and the Vatican over nuclear weapons, although the two sides share the ultimate goal of abolishing nuclear arms. While the pope said that even nuclear deterrence should not be


Ex-UNHCR Head Ogata granted notable title

Ex-UNHCR Head Ogata granted notable title

November 19, 2019

Tokyo–The Japanese government Tuesday decided to grant the title of Junior Third Rank to Sadako Ogata, former U.N. high commissioner for refugees. Ogata was the first Japanese to hold the key U.N. post. She died Oct. 22. “She represented Japan