The government is planning to financially support libraries of public high schools across the nation to purchase newspapers, sources said.
The Education, Cultre, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry and the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry will urge the schools to take four different newspapers as the lowering of the voting age from 20 to 18 in June made voters' education at school increasingly important. The change made third-year students in high schools, many of whom are 18 years old, able to cast ballots in public offices elections.
The government will double the amount of annual tax revenue allocation to municipalities to about ¥3 billion over the five years starting in fiscal 2017, which begins next April, to help finance newspaper purchases by schools. The support will cover elementary and junior high schools as well as high schools. According to a survey by the education ministry, public high schools took 2.8 newspapers on average as of the end of fiscal 2015.
After teasing us with a behind-the-scenes trailer showing Piko Taro with Canadian singer Justin Bieber on the set of their new SoftBank commercial, the telecommunications provider finally made the big reveal last week, by releasing several of the ads on their official YouTube channel. (rocketnews24.com)
Five Japanese companies have teamed up to re-create legendary comic book robot Astro Boy in toy form. The product marks the 90th anniversary of the birth of comic and animation master Osamu Tezuka. (NHK)
The government's Headquarters for Earthquake Research Promotion newly added 16 faults to a list of major active fault zones in which a magnitude-7 or larger earthquake could occur. (the-japan-news.com)
The tracks of the now-defunct Takachiho Railway in Miyazaki Prefecture - discontinued due to damage caused by Typhoon No. 14 in 2005 - have been revived as a popular tourist attraction that carried 26,000 passengers in fiscal 2015. (the-japan-news.com)
Japan's Foreign Ministry has protested to South Korea over a video clip that calls the body of water between the Japanese archipelago and the Korean Peninsula the "East Sea" instead of the "Sea of Japan". (NHK)