Kobe Children Thank Panda Before Return To China

Kobe children thank panda before return to China

Children in the western Japanese city of Kobe have thanked a giant panda with a hand-made present ahead of her return to China.

Tan Tan came to Kobe Oji Zoo 20 years ago to cheer up children affected by the 1995 Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. She is set to go home after her lease expires on July 15.

Directive Issued Over Healthcare Workers' Children

Directive issued over healthcare workers' children

Japan's health ministry has issued a directive to local authorities to ensure that day care centers look after children of healthcare workers who are on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak.

The directive is intended to help medical workers avoid staying at home, or taking a leave of absence to care for their children when demand for medical services is rising.

Two Children Held Hostage At Knifepoint In Fukuoka

Two children held hostage at knifepoint in Fukuoka

Police in Fukuoka Prefecture, western Japan, say a man armed with a knife holed up inside a restaurant in Fukuoka City on Tuesday morning and is holding two girls hostage.

They say the girls are aged three and six and are the children of the restaurant's owner. They also say the hostage-taker is a former employee of the store.

Children Gather Ahead Of Temporary School Closure

Children gather ahead of temporary school closure

Children in a Japanese city gathered on Sunday ahead of the urgent school closure requested by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to contain the spread of the new coronavirus.

Bungo-Ono city in the southwestern Prefecture of Oita has decided to shut down elementary and junior high schools starting on Monday.

3 Children Among New Virus Cases In Japan

3 children among new virus cases in Japan

More than a dozen new cases of the coronavirus were reported in Japan on Friday.

Officials in the northern prefecture of Hokkaido said 3 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, including 2 elementary school students.

Coronavirus: 3 Children Among New Cases

Coronavirus: 3 children among new cases

Nine new cases of coronavirus infection were reported in Japan on Friday.

Officials in the northern prefecture of Hokkaido said three people have been infected with the virus, including two elementary school students.

School Children In Japan Becoming Near-sighted

School children in Japan becoming near-sighted

Researchers in Japan found that about 10 percent of junior high school students may be suffering from a severe type of near-sightedness known as high myopia.

A Keio University team surveyed the eyesight of 1,416 children attending elementary and junior high schools in Tokyo.

Children Learn About A-bomb On Streetcar

Children learn about A-bomb on streetcar

Children have learned about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima aboard a streetcar that was damaged in the blast of August, 1945.

Hiroshima Institute for Peace Education arranged for about 90 people to travel around the city on the streetcar on Sunday.

An Overview Of Violent Attacks On Children

An overview of violent attacks on children

Schools in Japan stepped up security in line with government policies after a stabbing rampage at an elementary school in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, in 2001.

An armed man killed 8 students and wounded 15 others at Ikeda Elementary School, which is attached to Osaka Kyoiku University.

Traffic Accident Narrowly Misses Children

Traffic accident narrowly misses children

There was yet another car accident involving small children in Japan Wednesday. The accident occurred at a park in Ichihara city, Chiba Prefecture.

Five children and two care workers from a nearby nursery were playing in the park at the time. None of the young children were injured in the accident, but a caregiver in her 30s suffered a bone fracture after being hit by the car. The woman reportedly told police she pushed the children outside the sandbox so they wouldn't be run over.

Children Down By 30% In 2011 Quake-hit Areas

Children down by 30% in 2011 quake-hit areas

An NHK survey shows that the number of schoolchildren in areas hard-hit by the 2011 major earthquake and tsunami in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, has declined by 30 percent.

Eight years and two months have passed since the March 11th disaster.

4 Children Seriously Injured In Car Accident

4 children seriously injured in car accident

Four children from a daycare center have been knocked unconscious and are in a serious condition after a multiple vehicle accident at an intersection in western Japan.

Police and firefighters say a driver hit the 13 children and their three caregivers at an intersection in Otsu city on Wednesday morning, while they were taking a walk.

Car Drives Into Group Of Daycare Children

Car drives into group of daycare children

A motorist has rammed into a group of more than 10 children from a daycare center in western Japan.

The driver hit the group of 13 children and three caregivers as they were lined up at an intersection in Otsu city on Wednesday morning.

Children Try To Help Foreign Tourists In English

Children try to help foreign tourists in English

Elementary and junior high school students in Japan's northern prefecture of Miyagi have practiced helping foreign tourists visiting a popular cherry blossom viewing spot.

About 250,000 people visit the Hitome Senbon-zakura area every year, where there are many cherry trees along the Shiroishi riverside. More and more foreign tourists are visiting the cherry blossom spot from Thailand, Hong Kong and other countries.