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‘Wind phone’ links living with dead

Updated on  August 16, 2017 at 11:40 pm
“The telephone is not connected, but people feel like their lost loved ones are there listening on the other end of the line,” Sasaki said. “I want people to resume their lives as soon as possible by expressing their feelings.” Read More

Awa-odori festival dazzles in Tokushima

Striking dances were performed as part of the traditional Awa-odori dance festival, which opened Saturday in Tokushima. Read More

Editorial: More needs to be done against school bullying

Incidents in which students tormented by school bullying commit suicide are not being seriously dealt with. There has been a spate of cases in which irresponsible actions taken by education boards and schools have stoked public mistrust. Read More

U.S. students experience cultural immersion

Updated on  August 2, 2017 at 7:06 pm
The students are prize winners in the National Japan Bowl, a Japanese language competition established by the Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C., in 1992. Read More

Tour gives close-up of fishing for tuna

A tour to observe tuna fishing is set to start this month in Oma, Aomori prefecture, known for its “Oma tuna.” Read More

Theme park brings hit “One Piece” anime to life

Updated on  July 26, 2017 at 9:30 pm
Tokyo One Piece Tower is dedicated to Eiichiro Oda’s manga, a series that has seen 66 million translated copies printed in more than 42 countries and territories worldwide. Read More

Quality aid is essential for eradicating poverty

Updated on  July 26, 2017 at 9:29 pm
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Japan would provide $1 billion through 2018, targeting its assistance toward education, health, disaster risk reduction and gender equality. Read More

Yokohama-Izu Peninsula tourist train begins service

Updated on  July 26, 2017 at 9:30 pm
Passengers can enjoy live piano performances and regional cuisine with ingredients from the Izu area in the dining cars. Read More

Agency aims to issue alerts on quake threats to high-rises

Urgent warnings would be issued to areas with high-rise buildings by the Japan Meteorological Agency in conjunction with standard earthquake warnings beginning in fiscal 2018. Read More

Companies develop systems for preventing heatstroke

The technology analyzes factors including workers’ physical condition and the air temperature, and transmits the results to workers and their supervisors. Read More

Senior caregivers and patients need support

Updated on  July 19, 2017 at 6:24 pm
A recent survey found that in 55 percent of all cases of at-home nursing care, the caregiver and the patient are both age 65 and older. Read More

More guidance can help stop power harassment

Updated on  July 12, 2017 at 9:53 pm
More than 70 percent of those subjected to bullying by superiors in the workplace complained of feelings like anger, discontent and reduced inclination to work. Read More

Automated airport gates to scan faces for IDs

The facial recognition system will read photo data stored on an IC chip embedded in a traveler’s passport and compare it with a picture taken at the gate. Read More

Virtual reality headsets simulate dementia symptoms

The images are based on the story of a senior with dementia who had an extreme fear of getting out of cars when traveling between home and a nursing care facility. Read More

More Chugoku and Shikoku schools offer shipbuilding courses

Updated on  July 5, 2017 at 6:59 pm
Imabari Technical High School received more applicants than there were places available when it launched its shipbuilding course in fiscal year 2016. Read More

Overconfidence proved deadly in avalanche

Updated on  July 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm
The accident took place during a safety training program for early-spring mountaineering. Read More