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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese mother and three children jump to death in 'family suicide'

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 01:57pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Police in Japan are probing a possible family suicide after a mother and her three small children plunged to their deaths from an apartment complex, they said ... east of Tokyo, a police spokesman said. “They are believed to be a mother and her children,” he said. Asked if it appeared to be a forced family suicide, he said: “Police are investigating ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1533935/mother-and-three-children-jump-death-suspected-family-suicide
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Number of children in Japan falls to lowest level since 1950

    Posted May 04th 2014, 06:08pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo The number of children in Japan has fallen to a new low, while the amount of people over 65 has reached a record high as the population ages and shrinks, the government said on Sunday. There were an estimated 16.33 million children aged under 15 as of April 1, down 160,000 from a year earlier, the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1504248/number-children-japan-falls-lowest-level-1950
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Flooding, havoc as Typhoon Neoguri batters Japanese mainland

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 01:52pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... where water could flow in,” he said. “They pulled a mother and her three children out of mud and rubble... but a boy, 12, was confirmed dead at hospital.” Nagiso police official The storm’s ... and paramedics rushed there,” late on Wednesday, a local police official said. “They pulled a mother and her three children out of mud and rubble... but a boy, 12, was confirmed dead at hospital,” he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1551017/flooding-havoc-typhoon-neoguri-batters-japanese-mainland
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Comfort women were just 'wartime prostitutes', says Japanese delegation

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 11:01pm by Julian Ryall

    ... where a statue depicting a comfort woman was placed in a public park, Yamamoto said Japanese children were being bullied and a target of hatred because of the statue. "It has no value ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1550620/comfort-women-were-just-wartime-prostitutes-says-japanese-delegation
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Tokyo lawmaker Akihiro Suzuki apologises for sexist taunts

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 09:27pm by AFP

    ... late," Suzuki told a press conference. "It was such an inconsiderate remark to those who cannot get married even if they wish to," said Suzuki, who is married with three children ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1539081/tokyo-lawmaker-akihiro-suzuki-apologises-sexist-taunts
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan moves to outlaw child porn possession

    Posted Jun 04th 2014, 12:45pm

    ... Under Japan’s current legislation, only the production and distribution of child pornography are banned, a situation that campaigners say is damaging to children. On Wednesday the lower-house ... A revised law would ban possession of photographs and videos depicting real children, but would exclude comics and “anime” video, following calls to protect freedom of expression, Jiji said. Anyone ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1525181/japan-moves-outlaw-child-porn-possession
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Children living near Fukushima nuclear plant hit by obesity

    Posted Dec 18th 2013, 03:34am by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Fukushima children fatter now they go out less Children living near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant are the most obese in all of Japan, according to the ministry of education. Ministry officials blame the increase in the number of overweight children on the fact that they no longer play outdoors as much as they did before the March 2011 disaster, and the impact ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1384628/children-living-near-fukushima-nuclear-plant-hit-obesity
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan mayor offers Fukushima children home in his town

    Posted Oct 22nd 2013, 04:01pm by Associated Press in Matsumoto

    ... Associated Press in Matsumoto Matsumoto Mayor Akira Sugenoya wants to help families keep their children safe A generation ago, Dr Akira Sugenoya performed life-saving cancer surgery on more than 100 children after the 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe. Today, as mayor of a central Japanese city, he’s trying to avoid a repeat of his own history. Beginning in April, parents living ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1337256/japan-mayor-offers-fukushima-children-home-his-town
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan’s public holiday tally climbs to 16 with Mountain Day

    Posted May 23rd 2014, 10:32pm by AFP

    ... takes effect from 2016, Japan will have 16 official holidays a year, the highest tally among the Group of Eight major powers. These include Children's Day, Coming of Age Day, Constitution ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1519138/japans-public-holiday-tally-climbs-16-mountain-day
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Activists say Japan will try to bend rules of child abduction convention

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 10:53pm by Julian Ryall

    ... abduction went into effect this week, but children's rights activists warn that authorities are already looking for ways to avoid complying with the treaty. Before Tuesday, Japan was the only ... that it has finally been ratified," said Brian Thomas, joint founder of the Japanese arm of the US-based Children's Rights Council. "But we do have reservations," he admitted, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1463285/activists-say-japan-will-try-bend-rules-child-abduction-convention

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