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Japan calls UN worries over Fukushima workers’ contamination risk ‘regrettable’

Japan calls UN worries over Fukushima workers’ contamination risk ‘regrettable’

Japan expressed disappointment on Friday about UN human rights monitors’ criticism of its treatment of workers at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Tens of thousands of clean-up workers at the plant are reportedly being exploited and exposed to toxic radiation, according to Baskut Tuncak, Urmila Bhoola and Dainius Puras, the respective UN rapporteurs on hazardous waste, […] …

Nationwide probe after medical school excludes women

Nationwide probe after medical school excludes women

Japan Friday launched an unprecedented probe into gender discrimination at all the nation’s medical universities after a Tokyo medical school admitted to altering the entrance test results of female applicants to exclude them. The education ministry has asked all 81 private and public medical schools to check their admission procedures for possible discrimination against female […] …

Helicopter with nine aboard crashes

Helicopter with nine aboard crashes

A rescue helicopter with nine people aboard crashed on Friday in a mountainous area in central Japan during a training flight, officials said. Aerial footage broadcast on Japanese TV showed the wreckage of the crashed helicopter surrounded by trees in Gunma prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, and officers in navy uniforms examining the site. “Eight people […] …

Disaster-hit Japan expecting powerful typhoon

Disaster-hit Japan expecting powerful typhoon

A powerful typhoon buffeted Japan’s eastern coast on Saturday evening, prompting local authorities to issue early evacuation orders, with western areas recently devastated by floods and landslides in the storm’s crosshairs. Typhoon Jongdari, packing winds of up to 180 kilometres (110 miles) an hour, is forecast to make landfall on the country’s main island on […] …

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