Japan has enacted a controversial law to allow casinos. The government says they will boost tourism and growth. The bill was bitterly fought by opposition politicians.
Though alcohol and tobacco consumption have both dropped, Germans remain among the leading consumers in the developed world. Authorities are also worried about the rise in citizens addicted to gambling.
Transgender people in Japan have to undergo sterilization if they want to be legally recognized. Human Rights Watch is raising the alarm, saying the law is in urgent need of change.
The government insists casinos as part of "integrated resorts" will create jobs and attract tourists. Opponents say they will encourage gambling addiction and strengthen underworld gangs. Julian Ryall reports.
As a new imperial era begins in Japan, Emperor Akihito has left behind a legacy of modernity and compassion. During his 30-year reign, he defied monarchial norms, drawing both criticism and praise.
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