Report Urges More Training For Working Mothers

Report urges more training for working mothers

A Japanese government report on gender equality recommends that women with young children should be given more opportunities for training to help them reenter the workforce.

The annual report was approved at a Cabinet meeting on Friday.

Aso Refuses To Accept Report On Retirement Assets

Aso refuses to accept report on retirement assets

Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso says he will not accept a controversial report that says elderly couples need 20-million yen for retirement. He says this is not the government's stance.

A Financial Services Agency panel recently proposed guidelines on asset building for retirement, saying elderly couples need assets worth 20-million yen, or 190,000 dollars, to make up for revenue shortfalls.

Overseas Media Report Japan's New Era Name

Overseas media report Japan's new era name

Overseas media have reported Japan's new era name as breaking news.

The Associated Press says the next Emperor's era name is 'Reiwa,' effective May 1 when he takes the throne from his father.

Report: Bullying Linked To Girl's Suicide In 2015

Report: Bullying linked to girl's suicide in 2015

An investigative committee for Ibaraki Prefecture, north of Tokyo, has acknowledged a causal relationship between bullying and the suicide of a girl four years ago.

Junior high school student Naoko Nakashima in Toride City, who was 15, killed herself in November 2015, leaving a note saying she did not want to be bullied.

Defense Ministry: No Report Of Irregularity

Defense Ministry: No report of irregularity

Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force says there has been no report that the patrol plane in question made an irregular flight, and that a flight at an altitude as low as South Korea claims is unthinkable.

The Defense Ministry says the area near Ieodo in the East China Sea is within Japan's Air Defense Identification Zone, so MSDF planes regularly patrol the area.