The number of child-rearing households living on an income below the public welfare assistance level has doubled over the last 20 years despite the fact that the number of children has been declining, according to research conducted by Yamagata University associate professor Kensaku Tomuro.
Civil servants in a western Japanese city are wearing ninja costumes to help boost tourism there. Koka City in Shiga Prefecture is famous for its ninja or secret agents in feudal Japan. Nearby, the city of Iga in Mie Prefecture is also known for its ninja tradition.
The nation’s nuclear watchdog decided that Tokyo Electric Power Co. can start freezing soil in a limited area around crippled reactor buildings at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant to prevent radioactive water accumulating in the buildings from leaking into the ground.
A Chiba Prefecture-based construction company official, who has acknowledged he provided funds to former Cabinet minister Akira Amari, claimed that the then state-paid secretary to Amari suggested last year that the official demand some 2 billion yen from a government-funded Urban Renaissance Agency (UR) for compensation over a road construction project.
Kiyoyuki Nakagaki, 35, an engineer from the city of Kuwana, Mie Prefecture, was honored with a Scientific and Technical Award during the presentation ceremony for the U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which was held on Feb. 13 in Beverly Hills, California.
The Japanese city of Sendai is to open a museum that preserves memories of the city as it stood before the earthquake and tsunami hit the area nearly 5 years ago. The center will open on Saturday at a subway station in the north-eastern city. City officials and residents held an opening ceremony on Friday.
Japan's stock, bond and currency markets were in turmoil Tuesday as fears of a global recession saw investors dump equities and buy up safe-haven assets, pushing the country's key bond yield into negative territory for the first time and sending the yen climbing against a basket of other currencies.