Japan to introduce mandatory English test for junior highs

Japan Education News - June 5, 2015 - 09:14
The Japanese education ministry said Friday it will newly introduce a mandatory English proficiency test for junior high school students nationwide in 2019 as part a new plan to improve English skills of junior high and high school students. (Jiji Press)
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Ex-lower house speaker Machimura's funeral held in Tokyo

Japan Politics News - June 5, 2015 - 08:39
Some 1,800 people attended a funeral for former House of Representatives Speaker Nobutaka Machimura held in central Tokyo Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Girl under arrest for murder, poisoning classmates also suspected of arson

Japan Society News - June 4, 2015 - 23:43
A 19-year-old girl who was arrested in January on suspicion of killing a 77-year-old woman in Nagoya, and who has also been charged with attempting to kill two classmates during her school years by poisoning them, may also be charged with arson, police said Thursday. (Japan Today)
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Nikkei rises on global market gains; Rakuten tumbles on share-issue plan

Japan Economy News - June 4, 2015 - 09:52
Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Thursday morning after U.S. and European shares strengthened, but Rakuten Inc tumbled after announcing plans to issue $1.6 billion in new shares. (Reuters)
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Man beaten while walking on Tokyo street

Japan Society News - June 4, 2015 - 09:08
Police in Tokyo said Thursday they are looking for a man who attacked a 63-year-old man with a metal pipe as he was walking along a street in Minato Ward. (Japan Today)
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Shinjuku company busted for illegal sale of AKB40 photos

Japan Society News - June 4, 2015 - 09:06
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the bust of a production and sales company based in Shinjuku Ward on charges of copyright infringement for the sale of photos of idol groups, reports the Sankei Shimbun (June 4). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Lower house OKs bill to lower voting age to 18 next year

Japan Politics News - June 4, 2015 - 06:15
Japan's lower house unanimously approved Thursday a bill to lower the voting age for national elections to 18 from the current 20, in a step towards first such amendment to the electoral law in 70 years. (Kyodo)
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Japanese people aren't happy with their looks, ranked world's lowest in self-confidence

Japan Society News - June 3, 2015 - 23:49
One of the first things you notice when you come to Japan is how great everybody looks. The guys all know how to wear a suit, and the ladies dress conservatively and stylishly. (rocketnews24.com)
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Rakuten to raise 200 billion yen via public stock offering

Japan Business News - June 3, 2015 - 23:46
Rakuten plans to procure about 200 billion yen ($1.6 billion) through a public offering of new shares, aiming to bolster its war chest for mergers and acquisitions and other strategic investment. (Nikkei)
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Magnitude-5 temblor rocks Hokkaido; no tsunami warning

Japan Sci-Tech News - June 3, 2015 - 23:40
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5 struck Hokkaido early Thursday morning, the Meteorological Agency said, adding that it poses no tsunami risk. (Japan Times)
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Man arrested for trying to kill convenience store employee

Japan Society News - June 3, 2015 - 23:39
Police in Nagano have arrested an unemployed 36-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after he attacked a convenience store employee with a knife on Wednesday morning. (Japan Today)
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Okinawan man arrested for threatening to detonate bomb at Haneda airport

Japan Society News - June 3, 2015 - 23:37
Police in Tokyo said Wednesday that a 39-year-old Okinawan man has been arrested for posting a message on Twitter in which he threatened to detonate a bomb at Haneda airport in Tokyo. (Japan Today)
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Philippine president visits Japan amid growing concerns over China's maritime activity

Japan Politics News - June 3, 2015 - 14:11
The Philippine president is on his sixth visit to Japan in less than five years, signaling his country's deepening ties with Tokyo amid increasing concerns by both sides about China's assertiveness in regional seas. (foxnews.com)
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McDonald's Japan to allow children to cook burgers in its kitchens

Japan Business News - June 3, 2015 - 14:08
Money-losing McDonald's Japan said Wednesday it will try to regain customer confidence in their products by allowing children and their parents to cook burgers in its kitchens under the instruction of its staff. (Japan Times)
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Japan beefs up measures in bid to pre-empt arrival of deadly MERS virus

Japan Politics News - June 3, 2015 - 14:00
The central government is strengthening measures to minimize any potential impact from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) within its borders, amid an outbreak in neighboring South Korea that had claimed the lives of at least two people as of Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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School meeting to mark Mt. Fugen eruption

Japan Education News - June 3, 2015 - 13:56
An elementary school in a town near Mount Fugen in southwestern Japan has held an event to mark the 24th anniversary of the volcano's deadly eruption. (NHK)
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2 near misses coincide at Naha Airport

Japan Society News - June 3, 2015 - 13:52
Two dangerous incidents have taken place almost at the same time at Naha Airport in Okinawa. They involved a Self-Defense Force helicopter and passenger jets. None of the passengers and crewmembers on board was injured. (NHK)
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