Yokohama mayor apologizes to boy bullied for being a Fukushima nuclear evacuee

YOKOHAMA – Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi on Wednesday apologized to a 13-year-old boy for the municipal government’s failure to act swiftly when he was bullied at a local elementary school after evacuating from Fukushima due to the 2011 nuclear ... ( read original story ...)

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Tokyo (AFP) - Japan on Thursday launched a satellite to help build a high-precision geolocation system that will complement the US-operated GPS. A H-IIA rocket blasted off at 9:17am (0017 GMT) from the Tanegashima space centre in southern Japan carrying ... ( read original story ...)

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