News / World by Press Association 14/02/2019, 2:58 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Thirteen gay couples are filing Japan’s first lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the country’s rejection of same-sex marriage. The Valentine’s Day lawsuits to be filed in Tokyo and in other courts around the country on Thursday argue that the law violates same-sex couples’ constitutional rights to equality. They want the government to follow the example of many other nations in guaranteeing marital freedom. Ten Japanese municipalities have enacted “partnership” ordinances for same-sex couples to make it easier for them to rent apartments together, among other things, but they are not legally binding. Ken Kozumi and Kenji Aiba, who have lived as a married couple for more than five years, are among the 13 couples filing lawsuits. “Right now we are both in good health and able to work, but what if either of us … [Read more...] about Same-sex couples in Japan sue for equal marital rights
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SAPPORO, Japan — A powerful earthquake Thursday on Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido triggered dozens of landslides that crushed houses under torrents of dirt, rocks and timber, prompting frantic efforts to unearth any survivors. At least nine people were killed, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said. Officials said at least 366 were injured, five of them seriously, and about 30 people were unaccounted for after the magnitude 6.7 earthquake jolted residents from their beds at 3:08 a.m. Nearly 3 million households were left without power by the quake — the latest in an exhausting run of natural disasters for Japan. It paralyzed normal business on the island, as blackouts cut off water to homes, immobilized trains and airports, causing hundreds of flight cancellations, and shut down phone systems. In the town of Atsuma, where entire hillsides collapsed, rescuers used small backhoes and shovels to search for survivors under the tons of earth that tumbled down steep … [Read more...] about Earthquake in Japan triggers deady landslides, dozens missing
Nellie Bowles, New York Times 6:58 am PDT, Friday, August 24, 2018 FILE-- Lisa Brennan-Jobs, daughter of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, had a difficult relationship with her father. FILE-- Lisa Brennan-Jobs, daughter of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, had a difficult relationship with her father. Photo: Wikimedia Commons FILE-- In this April 24, 1984 file photo, Steve Jobs, left, chairman of Apple Computers, John Sculley, center, president and CEO, and Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, unveil the new Apple IIc computer in San Francisco. less FILE-- In this April 24, 1984 file photo, Steve Jobs, left, chairman of Apple Computers, John Sculley, center, president and CEO, and Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, unveil the new Apple IIc computer in San ... more Photo: Sal Veder, Associated Press Click through this slideshow to see Steve Jobs … [Read more...] about In ‘Small Fry,’ Steve Jobs Comes Across as a Jerk. His Daughter Forgives Him. Should We?
By Taiga Uranaka and Ritsuko Ando (Reuters) - Like many Japanese pachinko parlours, Naomi Suzuki's shop on the outskirts of Fukushima City was once full of energy, with the din of bouncing steel balls and garish lights flashing to indicate winnings. But business is quieter for her these days as her parlour's clientele ages and drifts away. And with new restrictions on the game this year, she and her industry are bracing for things to get much worse. The rules, aimed at curbing gambling addiction, are part of a policy barter that helped legalize casinos in 2016 despite widespread opposition. Japan passed regulations on casino developments last week, including those on gambling addiction. The new anti-addiction rules call for pachinko machines to reduce payouts. That means players win and lose money more slowly - and will perhaps find the game less exciting and addictive. Pachinko halls are required to comply in the next three years. Owners like Suzuki worry not only about the cost of … [Read more...] about Japan’s pachinko industry braces for anti-addiction regulation
INTENSE heat and water shortages in flood-hit Japan has raised fears of killer disease outbreaks as the death toll from the country's worst weather disaster in 36 years topped 200. More than 200,000 homes have been left without water more than a week after torrential rain caused death and destruction across western Japan. Three times the usual precipitation for a normal July poured onto the Okayama Prefecture, triggering landslides and sending rivers surging over their banks, trapping many people in their houses or on rooftops. Now it's feared contaminated flood water could lead to outbreaks of deadly infections such as cholera, which kills between 28,800 - 130,000 people a year. Communities that grappled with rising floodwaters last week now find themselves battling scorching summer temperatures well above 30C, as foul-smelling rubbish piles up in mud-splattered streets. Hiroshi Oka, 40, a resident helping to clean up the Mabi district in one of the hardest-hit areas, the … [Read more...] about Japan floods leave 200 dead as experts warn killer diseases lurking in the festering water could kill many more