Two deaths at Kawasaki kindergarten prompt fears of infectious disease
Japan Times -- Jun 15
Two children who attended the same preschool in Kawasaki died within a week earlier this month, possibly due to an infectious disease, city officials said.

The city said Wednesday it is examining blood samples from the children but has yet to detect any virus that could be tied to the deaths. The children attended the Daishi Kindergarten. According to the city, a 4-year-old girl died on June 6 after she was diagnosed with acute inflammation of the stomach and intestine. She had a fever and complained of nausea starting around June 4 and her condition got worse on the early morning of June 6. On June 12, a 4-year-old boy died after exhibiting symptoms such as a fever and muscle cramps in the morning, the city said. Family members of the two children have not developed similar symptoms, the city said. About 200 children attend the kindergarten. Some have shown symptoms of a cold, but no indications of serious conditions have been reported.

国内外の取材網を生かし、さまざまな分野のニュースをいち早く、正確にお伝えします。
News source: Japan Times
Dec 18
A Russian Soyuz spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1:21 PM, local time, on Sunday. (NHK)
Dec 18
A fire broke out at a three-story reinforced concrete building housing an adult entertainment shop in the eastern Japan city of Saitama on Sunday afternoon, leaving four people dead and one person unconscious and in critical condition, local police and fire authorities said. (Jiji)
Dec 17
Police in Abashiri, Hokkaido, have arrested a 78-year-old man on suspicion of assault after he choked a 62-year-old taxi driver. (Japan Today)
Dec 17
A ski resort opened in western Japan's Hyogo Prefecture on Saturday, with its operator and the local government saying it is the country's first new facility to be opened to skiers and snowboarders in 14 years. (Japan Today)
Dec 17
A 27-year-old man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of kidnapping a 14-year-old girl in Fukui Prefecture and taking her to his home in Aichi Prefecture, police said. (Japan Today)
Dec 17
The operator of Japan’s only “baby hatch” said Saturday that the nation should allow women to give birth anonymously at hospitals in cases of unwanted pregnancy, while ensuring the children’s right to learn their mother’s identity after they grow up. (Japan Times)
Dec 16
A funeral home set to open soon in Japan plans to provide the country's first-ever drive-through service. (NHK)
Dec 16
Japan's Coast Guard has released video footage of North Korean boats illegally fishing in Japan's exclusive economic zone. (NHK)
Dec 16
The Japanese government is planning to revise steps that local governments should take to protect residents in case of armed attack. The move is in response to North Korea's continued development of ballistic missiles. (NHK)
Dec 16
At the opening of his trial on Friday, an 18-year-old boy admitted to stabbing a woman to death before dumping her body in Ryugasaki City last year, reports Jiji Press (tokyoreporter.com)