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Sep 7, 2014

'Terakoya' let Tohoku kids study in peace

To help children in Tohoku who lost studying space because of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, a Kyushu-based nonprofit organization is holding free after-school classes at temporary housing complexes in Miyagi Prefecture. Since the first “terakoya” (temple schools) class was held in June ...

Aug 26, 2014

Women's needs to get greater emphasis in disaster policies

The Abe administration is hoping to give women’s voices greater prominence in crafting policies to deal with disasters and in resolving international conflicts, according to the current version of an upcoming action plan. Officials are aiming to compile the action plan for women, peace ...

Aug 21, 2014

Japan urged to regulate hate speech by law at U.N. meeting

Many members of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination urged the Japanese government on Wednesday to devise legal measures against hate speech in the country. Tokyo faced renewed pressure over the matter after it received recommendations from the U.N. Human Rights ...