Aug 25
A woman in her 30s has sued a former vice principal of a public elementary school in Toyama Prefecture for alleged sexual abuse and indecent acts she says were perpetrated against her nearly a quarter century ago when she was around 10 years old, her lawyer said Wednesday. (Japan Times)

Aug 25
A labor panel ordered a Tokyo university Wednesday to not refuse to use English in negotiations with a foreign teachers’ labor union at its affiliated school. (Japan Today)

Aug 23
The government is set to promote the wider use of maiden names as it attempts to create a more female-friendly work environment at a time when the nation’s labor force is expected to shrink. (Japan Times)

Aug 21
Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have arrived in Nagano Prefecture, central Japan for rest and recuperation. (NHK)

Aug 20
Japanese Princess Mako has passed an entrance exam for a doctoral course at International Christian University in Tokyo, the Imperial Household Agency said Saturday. (Japan Times)

Aug 14
A 14-year-old boy died after being hit by a train in an apparent suicide on Saturday. (Japan Today)

Aug 13
In the lead-up to English becoming a part of the primary school curriculum, improving instructors’ English teaching skills is urgent business. (

Aug 11
People in a Japanese mountain resort celebrated Mountain Day, Japan’s newest and 16th national holiday. (NHK)

Aug 10
More than 200 foreigners are members of volunteer fire corps in Japan, a survey by Kyodo News has found, providing a much-needed boost as overall membership dwindles due to the aging population and low birthrate. (Japan Today)

Aug 09
Thousands of people have come together in Nagasaki to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the atomic bomb attack.