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                                A worker at an urban mine site surveys a variety of discarded electronic devices in Ota ward, Tokyo.
Urban mines set to ramp up metal recycling by 2030

The Environment Ministry plans to double the amount of metal recycled from sites where electronic devices are discarded, known as urban mines, by fiscal 2030 as part of the country’s goal of decarbonizing Japan. Read more

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                                At the Meguro Parasitological Museum in tokyo, exhibits who how types of parasites differ depending on their host animals.
Parasite museum attracts attention the world over

A research facility in Meguro ward, Tokyo, that specializes in parasites has been drawing a lot of attention since the summer after a visit by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and an impromptu online donation drive. Read more

                                Copies of the final and 23rd volume of the “Demon Slayer” manga series are lined up on bookshelves at a store in Tokyo on Dec. 4, 2020.
Publisher to offer new manga artists up to $15,000

Shogakukan Inc. will offer new manga artists who debut their work in its weekly magazines up to 2 million yen (about $15,000) per series as part of a financial package to support struggling new mangaka (manga artists) amid the rising costs of living. Read more

                                Akio Shimada checks an orthotic made by sewing together breathable fabric to match the shape of a plaster mold on Aug. 29 in Machida, Tokyo.
Prosthetic legs help pets take step forward

In mid-August, Akio Shimada, 41, a veterinary prosthetist, crafted a leg for Ayumu, a 9-month-old Saint Bernard who had lost his right hind leg to an injury. Read more

                                A man scans a QR code on his smartphone to enter an unmanned Lawson Go store in Bunkyo ward, Tokyo.
Unmanned convenience stores are on the rise

Major convenience store operators are gradually increasing the number of stores with unmanned payment systems in the face of a continued labor shortage as economic activity recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

                                Soyoka Yamamoto, right, and her partner, Yoriko, visited the Tokyo metropolitan building, which was lit in rainbow tones on Nov. 1 to mark the issuing of new rights to the LGBTQ community.
Japanese LGBTQ couples get more social services

Tokyo launched a system Nov. 1 officially recognizing couples with at least one person in a sexual minority, giving them access to some of the same services available to married couples. The system recognizes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning partnerships. Read more

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