Mayor To Urge Removal Of 'comfort Women' Statue

Mayor to urge removal of 'comfort women' statue

The mayor of Nagoya in central Japan says he will urge the Governor of Aichi Prefecture to remove a statue of a girl symbolizing those referred to as wartime comfort women from a display at an international arts festival in the prefecture.

The Aichi Triennale Arts Festival features a section under the theme of "deprivation of freedom of expression." Among the displays is the controversial statue of a girl.

Fujita Wins Women Jockeys' World Cup

Fujita wins Women Jockeys' World Cup

Japanese jockey Nanako Fujita has won the Women Jockeys' World Cup in Sweden.

Ten riders competed in five points-based races in Stockholm on Sunday.

Kono Pledges To Support Saudi Women

Kono pledges to support Saudi women

Visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has pledged to help women in Saudi Arabia take an active role in society. He also said that he hopes to see Japan's investment in the Middle East increase.

Kono visited a Japan-affiliated plant that manufactures diapers and sanitary products outside of the capital, Riyadh.

Women Sue Tokyo Medical Univ. For Rigging Exams

Women sue Tokyo Medical Univ. for rigging exams

A medical university in Tokyo has been sued by a group of women who say they were victims of the school's gender-biased admissions policy.

The 33 women filed suit with the Tokyo District Court on Friday. They took Tokyo Medical University's entrance exams between 2006 and 2018, but were denied admission.

Japan Rebuts S.korea 'comfort Women' Remark At Un

Japan rebuts S.Korea 'comfort women' remark at UN

A Japanese delegate at a UN Human Rights council meeting has spoken out against a South Korean delegate's remarks on those referred to as comfort women.

Kiyoto Tsuji, Japan's Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, spoke on Tuesday at the session. He rebutted a statement made by South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha on Monday.

Japan Protests S.korea Move On Comfort Women Fund

Japan protests S.Korea move on comfort women fund

The Japanese government has lodged a fresh protest over South Korea's move toward dissolving a fund to support those referred to as wartime comfort women.

The Japanese government offered about nine million dollars to the fund based on a 2015 bilateral agreement over the issue. The two countries agreed at the time that the deal was final and irreversible.

24 Women Seek Damages For Unfair Entrance Exams

24 women seek damages for unfair entrance exams

A group of women is demanding that Tokyo Medical University refund their entrance exam fees and pay damages for their unfair treatment.

The women, aged from their teens to their 30s, failed the university's entrance exams between 2006 and 2018. The university is believed to have begun selecting applicants based on gender around 2006. One of the lawyers representing the former applicants delivered a document describing their demands to university officials on Monday.

Medical Univ. Rigged Exams Against Women

Medical univ. rigged exams against women

Informed sources say Tokyo Medical University has for years rigged entrance exams to limit its intake of women students, slashing their scores by well over 10 percent across-the-board.

The sources say the university reduced scores from the paper test results of all women before they went on to sit for a final test. The reduction rate differed from year to year, sometimes reaching more than 10 percent.

Japanese Men, Women Enjoy Record Life Expectancies

Japanese men, women enjoy record life expectancies

Japan's health ministry says the average life expectancies for men and women hit record highs in 2017.

The ministry says for Japanese men it was 81.09 years, an increase of 0.11 from the previous year. For women, it was 87.26 years, an increase of 0.13.

Japanese App Helps Pregnant Women Find Seats On The Train

Japanese App Helps Pregnant Women Find Seats On The Train

In many countries, you can find signs on buses and trains that lets commuters know that should they encounter someone elderly, or a parent with a young child, or someone who's handicapped, or a pregnant woman, that they should offer them a seat. Over in Japan, however, it seems that they have decided to go about this in a more hi-tech manner using an app.

Working together, Tokyo Metro and chat app LINE have announced a new feature that is meant to help pregnant women find seats on trains. The app will now feature a button called "I wish to sit" in its app, where tapping on it will attempt to locate a LINE user in close proximity who has pre-registered themselves to give up their seat should they be alerted to do so.

Forestry Industry Growing In Appeal To Young Women

Forestry industry growing in appeal to young women

The lure of nature and a slower pace of life are attracting a growing number of young women to Japan's traditionally male-dominated forestry business, and their participation may help it cope with an aging workforce and a shortage of manpower.

Junko Iizuka, a 33-year-old graduate of the prestigious University of Tokyo, quit her job as an international trade fair organizer to join lumber company Tokyo Chainsaws in the village of Hinohara in western Tokyo about four years ago.