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Head lice occurrence on rise

June 29, 2015 - 23:27
Head lice infestations - which often cause severe itching - have been spreading among nursery school and primary school pupils. (The Japan News)
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Certification system planned for overseas chefs of Japanese food

June 29, 2015 - 09:53
Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries plans to establish a system to certify the skills of chefs who cook Japanese food abroad. (Jiji Press)
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Parents say dismissal of kids from nurseries during postnatal leave illegal

June 25, 2015 - 22:53
A group of parents in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, eastern Japan, on Thursday filed a petition with a local court against the municipal government's new rule to dismiss children from nurseries when their parents take postnatal leave after their younger brothers or sisters are born. (Jiji Press)
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10,000 textbooks recalled over 3-armed girl illustration

June 25, 2015 - 22:47
Publisher Sanseido KK is recalling 10,000 Japanese textbooks, which are used by many elementary schools in Tokyo, after an illustration showing a girl with three arms was mistakenly printed. (Japan Today)
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Waseda University finds data leak six months after cyberattacks

June 23, 2015 - 05:27
Waseda University said Monday it took about half a year before it discovered personal data on roughly 3,300 officials and students had leaked via cyberattacks. (Japan Times)
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Kennedy encourages students heading to US

June 19, 2015 - 23:23
US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy has encouraged Japanese heading for studies at US universities to become ambassadors to further advance bilateral ties. (NHK)
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Japan teens top stamina ranks in Asia

June 19, 2015 - 23:02
Japanese middle school students have more stamina than their counterparts in other Asian nations, which is believed to be a result of sports club activities and physical education at schools, according to a survey. (The Japan News)
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Kyoto construction site yields apparent ruins of Hideyoshi's 'phantom castle'

June 19, 2015 - 11:59
Parts of stone walls and gold-plated roof tiles believed to be the ruins of Shigetsu Castle have been discovered at the construction site for a new apartment complex in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, a private research firm has announced. (Japan Times)
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Rampant goat with big horns invades school playground

June 18, 2015 - 06:37
A goat with long curved horns suddenly appeared in a playground of an elementary school here but was later cornered by cops and taken into "custody." (Asahi)
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Universities urged to hoist national flag, sing anthem at ceremonies

June 16, 2015 - 12:23
Education minister Hakubun Shimomura on Tuesday urged state-run universities to hoist the national flag and sing Japan's anthem at entrance and graduation ceremonies, in a move that may provoke criticism that academic freedom is being threatened by political pressure. (Kyodo)
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Medical equipment bribery investigated

June 14, 2015 - 22:47
Police in Kyoto have arrested a former associate professor at Kyoto University hospital on allegations of bribery over the purchase of medical equipment. (NHK)
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Foreign same-sex couples here enjoy rights that Japanese don't

June 10, 2015 - 23:50
When Tokyo's Shibuya Ward announced in March that it would start issuing same-sex marriage certificates to gay and lesbian couples, much of Japan - and in particular, its LGBT community - stood up and took notice. (Japan Times)
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International students face job hunting hurdles in Japan

June 10, 2015 - 23:41
A 23-year-old student from China who attends the prestigious University of Tokyo is now looking for a job in Japan. (Japan Times)
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More primary, middle school libraries have newspapers

June 10, 2015 - 22:59
More than 30 percent of public middle and primary schools have introduced newspapers at their libraries as of May last year, according to an education ministry survey. (The Japan News)
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Japan to introduce mandatory English test for junior highs

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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School meeting to mark Mt. Fugen eruption

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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Below 96 percent of Japan elementary, junior high schools quake-resistant

June 2, 2015 - 10:15
Less than 96 pct of public elementary and junior high school buildings in Japan had met the state quake-resistant standards as of April 1, government data showed Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Why are Japanese universities not regarded as among the best in the world?

May 29, 2015 - 03:34
Last year, the Japanese government announced a project that's curiously reminiscent of the halcyon days of the 1970s and 1980s MITI (Ministry of International Trade and Industry) economic central planning. (Asahi)
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Teachers awarded compensation for being forced to sing national anthem

May 27, 2015 - 03:22
A Japanese court has awarded 537 million yen in compensation to a group of teachers who were punished for refusing to sing the country's anthem, the group said Tuesday as it condemned nationalism in education. (Japan Today)
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Kita Ward's speech conversion system debuts

May 26, 2015 - 23:25
Rie Saito, a member of Tokyo's Kita Ward Assembly, can now join debates after the assembly put into operation Tuesday a speech conversion system for people with hearing difficulties. (The Japan News)
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