May 14, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released a set of proposed guidelines outlining a plan to end the national lifetime ban on blood donations from homosexual individuals. The ban, which many activists and medical groups say after 32 years in no longer justified, was enacted to ...[read more]
April 14, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The Fukui District Court issued an injunction on Tuesday halting the restart of two nuclear reactors is Takahama, Japan. These reactors, operated by Kansai Electric Power, met the basic safety guidelines set by Japan's Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NRA) and were scheduled to re-open this year. ...[read more]
March 31, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
A Tokyo district assembly became the first municipality in Japan to recognize same-sex partnerships on Tuesday. The measure, passed by Tokyo's Shibuya ward, will become effective April 1, when Shibuya will begin issuing partnership papers that allow couples to rent apartments together and grant ...[read more]
January 6, 2015
by Andrew Morgan
This post originally misidentified Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan... ...[read more]
November 23, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has dissolved the lower house of parliament, enabling an early election to see how the public views his struggling economic policies. Abe had called for the election to be held on December 14. He is seeking a new mandate for economic reforms and is delaying an ...[read more]
October 23, 2014
by Addison Morris
The Supreme Court of Japan on Thursday ordered a retrial on a woman's claims that she was demoted due to her pregnancy. A physiotherapist asked her employer for a less strenuous job position for the duration of her pregnancy. However, after she had the baby and returned to work, the ...[read more]
September 18, 2014
by Addison Morris
In defiance of an International Whaling Commission non-binding vote to impose strict limits on "scientific whaling," Japan on Thursday announced plans to proceed with a new round of culls scheduled for next year. The whale conservation organization voted at a meeting to require all scientific ...[read more]
August 26, 2014
by Ann Schober
The district court in Fukushima, Japan, ruled Tuesday that a woman's family may be compensated for her death after determining that her depression and suicide were caused by the March 2011 nuclear meltdown of a nearby power plant. The family of chicken farmers lived in their mortgaged home in ...[read more]
August 8, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Apple and Samsung on Wednesday agreed to drop all patent infringement lawsuits in courts outside of the US. The move will result in the abandonment of litigation in nine countries, including South Korea, Japan, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Great Britain. The two ...[read more]
March 31, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled Monday that Japan cannot continue its annual whale hunt, finding that it is not being carried out for the scientific purposes the Japanese government had claimed. This 12-4 decision was the result of a suit brought against Japan by Australia, which ...[read more]

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