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Fewer Japanese seek equal child care role sharing than Europeans

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Only 33.2 pct of people in Japan believe that men and women should share an equal burden in child rearing, lower than the proportions in three European countries, a Japanese government report showed Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan's fertility rate inches up to 21-year high in 2015

May 23, 2016 - 11:25
Japan's total fertility rate in 2015 rose 0.04 point from the previous year to a 21-year high of 1.46, aided by indications of economic recovery, the health ministry said Monday. (Kyodo)
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Japan to accept 150 Syrians as students

May 20, 2016 - 23:34
Japan will accept as students 150 Syrian refugees and Syrians being evacuated within the Middle East country ravaged by civil war, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Employment rate for new univ. grads at record 97.3 pct in Japan

May 20, 2016 - 23:32
The Japanese government said Friday that 97.3 pct of new university graduates in the country had found jobs by April 1, with the employment rate improving for five straight years to hit the highest level since the survey started in April 1997. (Jiji Press)
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Japan eyes no children on nursery waiting lists by FY 2017

May 18, 2016 - 23:03
Japan will aim to bring down to zero the number of children on waiting lists for nursery school admissions by the end of fiscal 2017, according to a medium- to long-term plan released by the government Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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2,100 students in Kumamoto need mental health counseling

May 18, 2016 - 00:17
About 2,100 students at municipal elementary and junior high schools in the city of Kumamoto, or 3.5 pct of the total number of such students, should consult with school counselors on whether they need to go to hospital to treat acute stress disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder they might have suffered in the recent series of strong earthquakes in Kumamoto Prefecture and other parts of the Kyushu southwestern Japan region, a survey by the city has found. (Jiji Press)
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Let the good times stroll in old financial hubs

May 18, 2016 - 00:01
For those looking to improve their fortune, why not take a walk in the Kabutocho and Kayabacho financial districts of Tokyo where many lucky charms await? (the-japan-news.com)
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Crime and thriller writer Kanaw Minato named winner of Yamamoto Shuguro Prize

May 16, 2016 - 22:48
The 29th Yamamoto Shugoro Prize will be given to Kanae Minato for her book "Utopia," the award's screening committee said Monday. (Japan Times)
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G7 education ministers open discussions in Okayama

May 14, 2016 - 23:54
Education ministers from the Group of Seven countries opened a 2-day meeting on Saturday in Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture, western Japan. (NHK)
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Gov't to call for beefing up support for foreign visitors in disaster

May 11, 2016 - 06:55
The Japan Tourism Agency plans to urge hotels, tourism organizations and transportation companies across Japan to reinforce their support for foreign visitors in case of disasters, agency sources say. (Japan Today)
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University chief rips AKB48 songwriting star for 'Einstein' lyrics

May 10, 2016 - 09:37
The president of a women's university on Monday lashed out at a song written by Yasushi Akimoto, mastermind of the all-girl idol group AKB48, that says it is OK for girls to be "empty-headed" and that being intelligent is "meaningless" if one is "not loved." (Japan Times)
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National Archives of Japan rapidly running out of shelf space

May 10, 2016 - 09:33
The National Archives of Japan in Tokyo is expected to run out of shelf space sometime in fiscal 2019, forcing the government to begin leasing private-sector warehouses, sources have said. (Japan Times)
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Japan group teaches how to grab toys in arcade crane games

May 10, 2016 - 09:32
For people who have spent a shameful amount of time and money trying to win a cheesy prize with the crane toys in game arcades, here are some words of consolation from the Japan Crane Game Association: The game is not for suckers, and anyone can play it well if they learn the tricks. (Japan Times)
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Japanese team finds 'mythical' creature geoglyph in Nazca

May 10, 2016 - 06:07
After unearthing over 340 geoglyphs in Peru's Nazca Pampas, a team of researchers from Japan's Yamagata University has announced the discovery of a geoglyph of what is thought to be an imaginary or mythical creature sticking out its tongue. (Jiji Press)
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Evacuees start to move out of schoolyard shelters

May 8, 2016 - 23:24
Many evacuees have begun to move out of shelters set up in schoolyards in Kumamoto City, southwestern Japan, as classes will resume on Tuesday. (NHK)
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Mental illnesses surge among care workers for Japan's elderly

May 7, 2016 - 19:33
Depression and other mental illnesses are on the rise among nursing care workers for the elderly in the country, an apparent reflection of difficult working conditions amid the industry's chronic staff shortages. (Japan Times)
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Bullying of LGBT students at 'epidemic' levels in Japan: Human Rights Watch

May 6, 2016 - 14:01
Bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students is at "epidemic" levels in Japanese schools, exacerbated by government's failure to institute effective policies, inadequate teacher training and strong gender segregation, New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a report released Friday. (Japan Times)
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No. of children in Japan down for 35th straight year

May 5, 2016 - 23:57
Manifesting an unstoppable decline in births, the number of children aged 14 or under in Japan fell for the 35th straight year to a record-low 16.05 million as of April 1, government estimates showed Wednesday. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo DisneySea's Children's Day jogging event attracts 1,000 entrants

May 5, 2016 - 23:43
About 1,000 people participated in a jogging event held at Tokyo DisneySea in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, on Thursday to mark Children's Day. (Japan Times)
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Elementary school teacher caught lifting man's wallet on train

May 2, 2016 - 09:49
Police in Saitama said Sunday they have arrested a 23-year-old elementary school teacher on suspicion of attempting to steal a man's wallet on a train. (Japan Today)
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