Japan Olympic Committee survey sheds light on violence
Reuters -- Mar 20
The Japanese Olympic Committee has promised to take steps to wipe out violence among its sports federations after a survey revealed more than 10 percent of its athletes had been victims of bullying or harassment.
The results of the JOC survey came after Japan cut funding to its judo federation following an investigation into the alleged physical abuse of female athletes found evidence of serious misconduct by coaches.
The report released at a JOC executive board meeting on Tuesday showed 11.5 percent, or 206, of the 1,798 athletes who responded to its survey said they had been bullied, Kyodo news agency said.
Of the 1,457 coaches who responded to the survey, 43 said they had been violent in some way towards athletes.
Weather officials say the average density of carbon dioxide in Japan is rising above the international standard at all 3 observation points in the country.
Carbon dioxide is one of the greenhouse gases associated with global warming. (NHK )
The Diet passed a bill Friday to set up a system that will assign an identification number to every citizen to improve government management of income, social security and tax information despite public concerns about the potential for data abuse. (Japan Times )
Keeping the meltdown-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in northeastern Japan in stable condition requires a cast of thousands. Increasingly the plant's operator is struggling to find enough workers, a trend that many expect to worsen and hamper progress in the decades-long effort to safely decommission it. (AP )
The government of Japan has bestowed one of that nation's highest honors on a Japanese-American, a former U.S. Soldier and World War II veteran, for his work furthering relationships between the Japanese and Americans. (army.mil )
This Monday, members of the seminal metal band X Japan were in Odaiba rubbing shoulders with the likes of Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga and AKB48′s Yuko Oshima. The catch? They were all made out of wax. (Japan Times )