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70 percent of Japanese parents want more kids: survey

June 20, 2018 - 23:13
The proportion of parents with infants in the country who want to have more children stands at around 70 percent, a private survey found Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Suicide rate falls for 8th year in Japan

June 20, 2018 - 00:09
The number of suicides per population of 100,000 came to 16.8 in Japan in 2017, down for the eighth consecutive year, hitting the lowest level on records dating back to 1978, a government white paper showed on Tuesday. (Jiji)
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Child-rearing environment inadequate in Japan: white paper

June 20, 2018 - 00:08
People in Japan are less satisfied with the child-rearing environment in the country than those in Britain, France and Sweden, a Japanese government white paper revealed Tuesday. (Jiji)
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Japanese schools introduce LGBT-friendly uniforms

June 20, 2018 - 00:06
An emerging number of Japanese schools are introducing genderless uniforms or flexible uniform codes in an effort to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. (Kyodo)
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Marijuana tops paint thinner as most abused substance in Japan

June 17, 2018 - 23:12
An estimated 1.3 million Japanese people aged 15 to 64 have used marijuana, surpassing for the first time the number of those who have abused inhalants such as paint thinner, a survey by a national institute showed Sunday. (Japan Today)
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Basketball referee struck by high school player

June 17, 2018 - 22:56
A basketball referee was punched in the face by a high school player during a game in the western Japanese prefecture of Nagasaki on Sunday. (NHK)
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Princess Kako returns from studying in Britain

June 15, 2018 - 19:03
Princess Kako, a granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, has returned to Japan after studying in Britain for about 9 months. (NHK)
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16-year-old Japanese girls will no longer be allowed to marry, age of legal adulthood moves to 18

June 13, 2018 - 21:19
Japanese government votes to amend laws, bringing down age of legal adulthood but raising marrying age for women and gender reassignment surgery. (
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Japan outlines higher education aid program

June 13, 2018 - 21:04
The Japanese government said Wednesday it will provide financial assistance to households with children attending universities or other higher educational institutes if their annual income is less than 3.8 million yen. (Jiji)
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Princess Kako completes her studies in U.K.

June 13, 2018 - 00:50
Princess Kako, granddaughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, has completed a study program at the University of Leeds in England. (Japan Times)
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International Tokyo Toy Show delivers on the "global" for 2018

June 7, 2018 - 20:25
The International Tokyo Toy Show 2018 opened to buyers and the media on Thursday with "global" being a keyword for Japan's largest toy industry showcase as it began a four-day residency at Tokyo Big Sight. (Kyodo)
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Nissan probe finds misuse of foreign trainees at plants in Japan

June 6, 2018 - 23:59
An internal probe by Nissan Motor Co. has discovered misconduct at its plants regarding the employment of foreign trainees, including forcing them to perform jobs not sanctioned under a government program, a company official said Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Kobe educational official and school principal concealed bullying records in suicide case

June 4, 2018 - 18:39
A senior official of the Kobe Board of Education instructed a junior high school principal to cover up interview-based memos that proved a student who committed suicide in 2016 was bullied. (Japan Times)
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Japan's birthrate drops and population declines

June 1, 2018 - 23:45
A new survey shows that Japan's population decline is picking up pace. (NHK)
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Japan to set up new resident status for skilled foreign workers

May 31, 2018 - 00:34
The Japanese government plans to set up a new resident status as early as next April to bring in skilled workers from overseas as part of efforts to address serious labor shortages, officials said Wednesday. (Jiji)
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Princess Aiko to attend British summer school

May 31, 2018 - 00:31
NHK has learned that preparations are being made for the16-year-old daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito to attend summer school in Britain. (NHK)
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Japan to ease language requirements for unskilled foreign workers

May 29, 2018 - 23:36
The Japanese government plans to ease restrictions on unskilled foreign nationals seeking to work in Japan, Nikkei learned Tuesday, as the country grapples with a serious labor shortage. (Nikkei)
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Police arrest graduate students for Kyoto intersection 'kotatsu' stunt

May 24, 2018 - 00:46
Two graduate students have been arrested for sitting around a traditional Japanese heated table they set up at the center of a busy intersection in western Japan, police said Wednesday. (Japan Today)
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Restroom signs for LGBT people drawing backlash

May 22, 2018 - 22:05
Restroom signs for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, people have drawn an unexpected backlash from members of sexual minorities in Japan. (Jiji)
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Games used in Japan for educating children on investments

May 21, 2018 - 23:24
Easy access by children to financial settlements by smartphone has left an increasing number of parents in Japan facing unexpected high bills. (Jiji)
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