Child abuse cases awakens a sleeping dragon

The government, responding to growing interest in the death of a 10-year-old girl who was apparently terrorized by her father, called on child consultation centers and schools nationwide to immediately examine all suspected cases of child abuse.   Prime Minister Shinzo Abe chaired a meeting of Cabinet ministers involved in the issue on Feb. 8

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February 13, 2019

14,000 people forced to leave after substandard materials found

More than 14,000 apartment dwellers across Japan face the prospect of being forced to move home after the developer of their units admitted that substandard construction practices will require it to carry out major repairs.   The company said a special urgency was needed for 7,782 residents in 641 apartment buildings who face the biggest

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February 11, 2019

New Japanese App lets Voice-Impaired Individuals Speak

An app powered by artificial intelligence (AI) that can read speakers lips even if they do not enunciate words is available for those willing to collaborate in a study aimed at facilitating smooth conversation for people with speech difficulties.   The lip-reading AI technology, developed by Takeshi Saito, associate professor of intelligence information studies at

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February 8, 2019

Japanese students launch rocket with mini satellite

An amateur radio satellite roughly twice the dimensions of a Rubik’s Cube and engineered by students at a university based in Tokyo is now in orbit and beaming clear signals to Earth.   The satellite, one of seven developed by universities and businesses, was sent aloft Jan. 18 atop an Epsilon-4 rocket launched from the

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February 8, 2019

Yakuza Beware Police are Cracking Down on You!

Metropolitan Police Department investigators said last Jan. 28 they found that all seven permanent street vendor stalls operating in Yoyogi Park under the occupancy permits issued by the metropolitan government were run by individuals connected to the Kyokuto-kai, a government-designated crime syndicate.   Metropolitan government officials plan to interview all the stall operators with an

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February 8, 2019

School girl, abused by parents, dies but not before making a letter

Suffering school girl Mia Kurihara didn’t shy away from giving her name when she begged her teacher for help in an elementary school questionnaire a year before her death, saying she was being beaten by her father.   The 10-year-old girl died at her home in Noda, Chiba Prefecture, on Jan. 24 after her father,

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February 7, 2019

Police charge then drop charges on Buddhist monk

Police here dropped a traffic violation case against a robe-wearing Buddhist priest after monks around Japan posted videos showing they could perform a number of tasks while wearing the supposedly hazardous clothing.   After The Yomiuri Shimbun reported on the case in December, Buddhist monks around Japan posted videos on Twitter showing them in the

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February 7, 2019

NoKor secretly protecting missile sites despite talks

photo credit to: https://thehill.com North Korea is working to ensure its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities cannot be destroyed by military strikes, U.N. monitors said ahead of a meeting between U.S. and North Korean officials to prepare a second denuclearization summit.   The U.S. special envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, will meet his North

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February 6, 2019

Japan and Germany cooperate in security and trade concerns

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday championed free trade amid rising protectionist sentiment in some parts of the world and agreed to step up cooperation in tackling new security challenges.   The meeting between the leaders of the world’s third- and fourth largest economies came on the heels of

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February 6, 2019

Another Nuclear Arms Race?

Thirty years after its ratification, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States will withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Citing violations by Russia, the Trump Administration is walking away from a treaty that has been an essential element of the international nonproliferation and arms control framework.   The real target of

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February 6, 2019