May 06
About 1,000 people participated in a jogging event held at Tokyo DisneySea in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, on Thursday to mark Children’s Day. (Japan Times)
May 06
Manifesting an unstoppable decline in births, the number of children aged 14 or under in Japan fell for the 35th straight year to a record-low 16.05 million as of April 1, government estimates showed Wednesday. (Japan Today)
May 02
Police in Saitama said Sunday they have arrested a 23-year-old elementary school teacher on suspicion of attempting to steal a man’s wallet on a train. (Japan Today)
May 02
Casualty statistics can give a misleading impression of the havoc inflicted by natural disasters. For instance, the most recent updates for the magnitude-6.5 and 7.3 earthquakes that hit Kumamoto and Oita prefectures on April 14 and 16 give casualty figures of 49 killed and more than 2,000 injured. It may be tempting to add “only.” (Japan Times)
Apr 30
In light of increased numbers of visitors travelling to Japan, the government is overhauling many of the regulations that rule the tourism sector. (
Apr 26
Kumamon, a popular black bear mascot for Kumamoto Prefecture, is in strong demand for use in soliciting donations for people afflicted by a series of powerful earthquakes in southwestern Japan. (Jiji Press)
Apr 25
Some public schools, including elementary schools, reopened in Kumamoto Prefecture on Monday following a suspension caused by a series of strong earthquakes that rocked the southwestern Japan prefecture and nearby areas. (Jiji Press)
Apr 25
More than half of all schools remain closed in quake-hit Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan. About 150,000 children are affected. (NHK)
Apr 23
Many Japanese think English is a difficult language. So why not make that linguistic grind enjoyable? That’s exactly what this odd little book does. (
Apr 22
With Thursday marking one week since the Kumamoto Earthquake, dying from disaster-related ailments has become a serious concern for those who have been evacuated due to the series of earthquakes that hit Kumamoto Prefecture and its surroundings. (