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English education to start in 3rd grade in Japan

November 20, 2014 - 22:16
Japan's education minister Hakubun Shimomura suggested Thursday that school curriculum guidelines be revised so as to allow elementary school English-language education to start in the third grade. (Jiji Press)
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7 children injured by dog in Oita

November 19, 2014 - 22:36
Seven children were injured by a mixed-breed dog while on their way to school Wednesday morning in Nakatsu, Oita Prefecture. (Japan Today)
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Court orders mother to return child to Sri Lanka

November 19, 2014 - 21:55
Osaka Family Court ordered a Japanese woman on Wednesday to return her 4-year-old child to her Japanese husband living in Sri Lanka under the Hague treaty to settle cross-border child custody disputes. (The Japan News)
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Imperial couple travel to the past at ancient records show in Nara

November 18, 2014 - 09:14
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko viewed a special exhibition featuring arts and artifacts related to eighth-century Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters), the oldest chronicle in Japan, during a visit here on Nov. 17. (Asahi)
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Are Japan's public school teachers paid too much?

November 17, 2014 - 22:25
Last month the Ministry of Finance presented a policy recommendation based on studies made by an advisory group. Such recommendations are fairly common, but this one caught more than the usual amount of attention because of where it was directed. (Japan Times)
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Number of Japanese students at U.S. colleges dips 1.2%

November 17, 2014 - 09:48
Japanese students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities decreased by 1.2 percent to around 19,000 in the 2013-2014 academic year, although they remained the seventh-most numerous in the country, the New York-based Institute of International Education said Monday. (Japan Times)
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68.4 percent of Japan prospective univ. grads next Spring secure job offers

November 15, 2014 - 06:39
Of the Japanese university students due to graduate next spring, 68.4 pct had found employers as of Oct. 1, up 4.1 percentage points from a year earlier and improving for the fourth consecutive year, the education and labor ministries said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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14-year-old boy detained after stabbing younger student

November 15, 2014 - 06:37
Police in Ota, Gunma Prefecture, said Friday they have taken into custody a 14-year-old boy who stabbed a 12-year-old boy in the abdomen while they were both in the school gymnasium. (Japan Today)
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Whereabouts of 141 children nationwide unknown

November 13, 2014 - 22:08
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Thursday that the whereabouts of 141 children are unknown nationwide. (Japan Today)
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North Korean schools in Japan soldiering on despite tough times

November 13, 2014 - 22:05
Like many students in Japan, Kim Yang Sun cycles to school each morning. Unlike most, she then changes into a traditional Korean outfit and studies under portraits of the late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. (Japan Times)
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Riot police raid Kyoto University dormitory

November 13, 2014 - 21:58
Scores of fully-clad riot police raided a dormitory at one of the nation's leading universities on Thursday, in an apparently heavy-handed response to a left-wing movement that may involve students. (Japan Times)
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Hague Convention applied in Japan for the 1st time

November 12, 2014 - 05:41
The Foreign Ministry says a child was returned from Japan to Germany last month in line with the Hague Convention on cross-border child custody disputes. (NHK)
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Students swap uniforms to understand gender issues

November 11, 2014 - 22:13
High school students in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture, had the opportunity to contemplate gender identity when male and female students exchanged uniforms on Tuesday. Nearly 40 percent of all students at Fuji Hokuryo High School, or 299 students - 117 boys and 182 girls - participated in the exchange. (The Japan News)
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New theory on Emperor Shomu's bed

November 10, 2014 - 22:41
Among the items associated with Emperor Shomu (701-756) on display at the 66th Annual Exhibition of Shoso-in Treasures, held at the Nara National Museum to commemorate the 80th birthdays of the Emperor and Empress, "Gosho," a set of two beds, has drawn attention over how it was used. (The Japan News)
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UNESCO ESD conference opens in Nagoya

November 10, 2014 - 09:50
A UNESCO-sponsored international conference on Education for Sustainable Development opened in Nagoya on Monday. (NHK)
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40.3% of Japanese youth depend on parents for income: survey

November 6, 2014 - 23:14
The world economy has taken a pretty big hit since 2007, and every country is doing what it can to recover. Some have been able to do better than others, but for most people, they haven't gotten back to pre-crash numbers, whatever that may be. (Japan Today)
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Japanese university lecturer arrested for assualting…an ambulance

November 4, 2014 - 05:40
Last week, 54-year-old Tetsuji Hirayama, a lecturer from Tsukuba University in Ibaraki Prefecturer, was arrested for interfering with public servants in the execution of their duties. (rocketnews24.com)
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Princess Kako to study at ICU

October 31, 2014 - 22:05
Princess Kako, the second daughter of Prince Akishino, has passed an entrance procedure of the International Christian University, according to the Imperial Household Agency. (The Japan News)
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Todai No. 24 on U.S. list of top 500 world universities

October 30, 2014 - 22:21
The University of Tokyo came in 24th in the top 500 global university rankings compiled recently by U.S. News and World Report magazine. (The Japan News)
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Japan struggles to keep up as China woos international students

October 27, 2014 - 01:13
Japan's efforts to increase the number of international students coming to its shores are being dwarfed by similar initiatives in neighboring China. Lofty goals such as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan to attract 300,000 foreign students by 2020 appear to be struggling to gain traction. (Japan Times)
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