A scene from a documentary criticizing Japan's dance regulations (Provided by "Save the Club Noon" production committee)
Want to dance? Cabinet approves revised law easing regulations on dance clubs
The word "dance" will be dropped from the scope of government regulation under a 66-year-old law, welcome news to dance club operators and dance fans, who have criticized the legislation as outdated.
Pippi and Mr. Nilsson, her pet monkey, feast on a big meal. ((c) 2014 Hatake Jimusho / Nibariki / Yoichi Kotabe Pippi Longstocking (TM) (c) Astrid Lindgren)
Book reveals artwork for canceled animated adaptation of ‘Pippi’
An art book has been published featuring sketches and other illustrations by Studio Ghibli Inc. co-founders Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki for a canceled “Pippi Longstocking” animated adaptation project.
The No. 3 reactor, left foreground, and No. 4 reactor, background, shortly after the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March 2011 (Provided by TEPCO)
Japan to ratify international convention on nuclear accident compensation pact
Japan intends to ratify an international convention that sets a global uniform standard for compensating victims of nuclear accidents.
The monitor of an infrared thermography system used to check the body temperatures of passengers entering Japan shows the hot liquid contained in a PET bottle in red during a test at Toyama Airport on Oct. 23. (Manabu Aoike)
Health ministry mandates airline passengers report visits to Ebola-plagued nations
The health ministry on Oct. 24 said all passengers arriving at airports from designated countries in Africa must inform immigration officers of their visits as part of new efforts to prevent Ebola from entering Japan.
Shigenobu Nakamura, left, and two other co-leaders of the Japan dementia working group, during a news conference in Tokyo on Oct. 23 (Tatsuya Shimada)
Dementia patients establish 1st advocacy group in Japan
Eleven people being treated for dementia have set up the country’s first advocacy group to raise awareness of the disease that mainly strikes the elderly.
The Asahi Shimbun
Under system that relies on honesty, 70% with dependents abroad pay no income tax
Alarmed by gaping holes in oversight, the Board of Audit wants to tighten scrutiny on tax deductions for overseas dependents to prevent dubious individuals from cheating the government out of revenue.
Hokusei Gakuen University professor Yugo Ono, center, responds to reporters' questions about threatening letters received by the university. (Kazuhiro Sekine)
Man arrested over university bomb threat related to ‘comfort women’ issue
Hokkaido police arrested a man on suspicion of threatening to blow up a university that employed a former Asahi Shimbun reporter who had written articles about the “comfort women” issue.
The Kita Biwako steam locomotive runs in Shiga Prefecture on selected Sundays during sightseeing seasons. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
JR West to build maintenance depot for vintage steam locomotives
KYOTO--West Japan Railway Co. said it will open a dedicated facility here to overhaul, check and repair steam locomotives as early as next fall.
Shuji Nakamura, left, and Hiroshi Amano (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
2 Nobel Prize winners among 7 chosen to receive Order of Culture honor
Scientists Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura, two of the three co-winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics, will be awarded the Order of Culture, one of Japan’s highest honors, government officials said Oct. 24.
The Asahi Shimbun
In breakthrough, scientists discover molecule that causes rheumatoid arthritis
Japanese researchers have identified one of the substances that cause rheumatoid arthritis, an unprecedented finding that could eventually lead to a cure for the disease.
A Prius hybrid electric vehicle from Toyota Motor Corp. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Toyota to produce Prius hybrid in Brazil by 2016
Toyota Motor Corp. will begin production of its Prius hybrid electric vehicle in Brazil as early as 2016, according to sources.
Planned site for a Chiba Bank branch adjacent to a Joyo Bank office (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Regional banks to adopt system to retain married employees who relocate
Regional banks are considering introducing a system to allow employees who have to move because of a spousal job transfer to work at different banks in their new locations.
Student protesters boycott classes and occupy the campus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Sept. 22. (Mitsusada Enyo)
Hong Kong protesters to hold referendum on government proposal
HONG KONG--Organizers of student-led demonstrations demanding democratic reform in Hong Kong said they will hold a civil referendum Oct. 26 to decide whether to accept the government’s proposal to end the protests, now in their fourth week.
Hong Kong police use tear gas to disperse pro-democracy protesters on Oct. 17. (Ryosuke Ishibashi)
U.N. rights watchdog calls for open elections in Hong Kong
GENEVA--The United Nations Human Rights Committee called Oct. 23 on China to ensure universal suffrage in Hong Kong, stressing that included the right to stand for election as well as the right to vote.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, attends the National People's Congress in Beijing in March. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China unveils steps to improve judiciary
BEIJING--China's ruling Communist Party announced steps Oct. 23 to improve judicial independence and check political interference in the courts to boost legal justice and alleviate social tensions. Yet, observers say it has failed to produce meaningful legal checks on the ruling party itself.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel greets Korean National Defense Minister Han Min Koo as he arrives for an honor cordon on Oct. 23 at the Pentagon. (AP Photo)
US, South Korea agree to delay wartime control transfer
WASHINGTON--The United States on Oct. 23 agreed to maintain wartime control of South Korean troops in the event of an attack by North Korea for the foreseeable future, delaying the transfer of authority to Seoul that had been scheduled for 2015.
Former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Former Japan PM Fukuda to meet China's Xi next week--source
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping Oct. 29 in Beijing, a source familiar with the matter said, setting the stage for a possible meeting between the leaders of Japan and China in November.
Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei in Beijing (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Three major nations absent as China launches World Bank rival in Asia
SHANGHAI--Australia, Indonesia and South Korea skipped the launch of a China-backed Asian infrastructure bank on Oct. 24 as the United States said it had concerns about the new rival to Western-dominated multilateral lenders.
Incumbent Futaba Mayor Shiro Izawa, center, opens the new Futaba Town Hall in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. ((c)2014 Documentary Japan, Big River Films)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Town once blessed by nuclear power now suffers under its curse
Editor’s note: This is a column on Japanese movies written by New Zealander Don Brown, who is fluent in Japanese and has been making English subtitles for Japanese films. It will run on the second and fourth Fridays of the month in AJW.
Cambodian workers peel off seals from used Japanese comic books in a factory in Phnom Penh on Aug. 29. (Manabu Sasaki)
Used Japanese comic books refurbished in Cambodia, get new life back home
PHNOM PENH--In a factory here in the nation's capital, a 19-year-old worker is standing in front of a pile of Japanese comic books on a worktable, applying oil to their price tag labels to soften them.

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