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As Wome''s World Cup Draws to End, Inequality Remains
Offbeat  (tags: World Cup soccer, inequality, women, men )

Naoko
- 1 day ago - japantoday.com
With the final match also comes the conclusion of a tournament where the inequality of how FIFA treats the womenâEUR(TM)s game was on display in real time: Artificial turf fields; competing teams staying in the same hotels; a prize money pool one-third of what
New Uniforms Level Playing Field
Society & Culture  (tags: culture, fashion, religion, sports uniforms, Muslim girls, design )

Naoko
- 3 days ago - the-japan-news.com
The models are East African, primarily Muslim girls living in Minnesota who designed their own culturally sensitive sportswear that lets them move freely without tripping on a long, flowing dress or having a head scarf come undone at a crucial point.
Odd Shaped Watermelons Herald Japan's Summer
Offbeat  (tags: off-beat, design, odd, watermelon, Japan, high price )

Naoko
- 3 days ago - japantoday.com
Japanese consumers are used to paying through the nose for fruit, and now the summer's here thereâEUR(TM)s another way for them to empty their wallets: cube and heart-shaped watermelons.
U.S. Urged to Ramp Up Aid for Agent Orange Clean-Up Efforts in Vietnam
Environment  (tags: war, usa, government, Agent Orange, Vietnam, destruction, pollution, illness, health, environment, warning )

Naoko
- 7 days ago - ipsnews.net
A key senator and a D.C.-based think tank are calling for Washington to step up its aid in cleaning up toxic herbicides sprayed by the United States in Vietnam during the war that ended 40 years ago.
Turkish Cops Fire Water Cannon, Pellets to End Unauthorized Gay Pride Parade
World  (tags: freedoms, humanrights, government, ramadan, turkey, gay pride )

Naoko
- 7 days ago - japantimes.co.jp
Turkish police fired water cannon and rubber pellets to disperse a gay pride parade in central Istanbul on Sunday, after organizers said they had been refused permission to march this year because of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
3,000 Attend Funeral for Tama, the Cat Stationmaster
Offbeat  (tags: cats, Tama, stationmaster, Wakayama, Japan, funeral )

Naoko
- 7 days ago - japantoday.com
Tama the stationmaster, Japan's feline star of a struggling local railway, was mourned by about 3,000 company officials and fans and elevated into a goddess at a funeral Sunday.
Musician's Experience Launches Shrine's Reputation for Returning Cats to Owners
Offbeat  (tags: interesting, cat, shrine, Tokyo, returned )

Naoko
- 8 days ago - mainichi.jp
It was a jazz pianist who first discovered that a Shinto shrine in the Tokyo suburb of Tachikawa had the power to return lost cats to their owners.
Pro-Abe Lawmakers Offer Plan to 'Punish' Media; Hyakuta Wants Okinawa Papers Closed
World  (tags: freedoms, asia, government, media, media control, LDP, Okinawa, Shinzo Abe, usa )

Naoko
- 9 days ago - ajw.asahi.com
Young ruling party lawmakers and a best-selling novelist close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lambasted the two leading dailies in Okinawa Prefecture for opposing the government's U.S. military base relocation plan in the prefecture.
LDP Politician Says Takarazuka LGBT Initiative Will Turn City Into 'Center of HIV Infections'
Offbeat  (tags: funny, humanrights, freedoms, politics, Japan, LGBT rights )

Naoko
- 9 days ago - japantimes.co.jp
An assembly member in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, said the municipal government's efforts to support sexual minorities will encourage such people to move there and make the city "the center of HIV infections."
Helping People With Disabilities Become Agents of Change
World  (tags: world, humanrights, freedoms, Disability Rights, SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals, empowerment, inclusion )

Naoko
- 11 days ago - ipsnews.net
Participation, political and economic empowerment, inclusion, accessible technology and infrastructure as well as indicators for meaningful implementation are among the key issues persons with disabilities want to see reflected in the SDGs.
 
 
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