Dec 02
Stronger penalties for drivers using mobile phones behind the wheel took effect in Japan on Sunday in the wake of an outcry from families who lost loved ones in traffic accidents caused by such drivers. (Japan Today)

Dec 02
Princess Aiko, the only child of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, turned 18 on Sunday, enjoying her last year in high school as she prepares to move on for further studies at university starting next spring. (Kyodo)

Dec 01
Slurping down a steaming hot bowl of ramen is a great way to warm the soul on a cold winter’s day but overindulging in the dish could prove deadly, a British medical paper has warned. (Japan Times)

Nov 30
In a country famous for the longevity of its inhabitants – this year Japan’s population of people age 100 or over topped 70,000 for the first time – Aomori Prefecture is an outlier. (Japan Times)

Nov 30
Japan’s revised guidelines for tackling child poverty call for more detailed analysis to provide “seamless support” for struggling families. (NHK)

Nov 29
A government panel has approved a plan to limit the scope for what constitutes illegal downloads of all copyrighted works — including manga, computer games and literary writings — reversing its initial plan to restrict wide-ranging online actions. (Japan Today)

Nov 28
People spending long hours at gaming have a tendency to experience adverse effects at school or work and develop physical or mental problems, a Japanese national health institute’s survey showed Wednesday. (Japan Today)

Nov 27
Japanese births are on pace for the steepest drop in three decades, plunging even by comparison to the declines in recent years, despite earlier hopes that couples would ring in the new Imperial era with an addition to the family. (Nikkei)

Nov 26
Lawyers for parents separated from their children in Japan said on Monday they would appeal a court decision that the government was not responsible for enforcing visitation rights. (Japan Today)

Nov 22
A teacher at a prestigious Tokyo junior high school allegedly kicked a student as corporal punishment in mid-September and left him with a broken rib, investigative and other sources with the knowledge of the matter said Thursday. (Japan Times)