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Mysterious charity donor who posed as cartoon hero reveals himself

14 hours 40 min ago
A mysterious donor who posed as a cartoon wrestler hero and triggered a wave of similar donations for underprivileged children in Japan several years ago outed himself Wednesday at a pro wrestling event in Tokyo and called for sustained support for youngsters. (Japan Today)
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Survey: Fewer Japanese students like science

December 6, 2016 - 23:00
An international survey shows that Japanese high school students are among the world's top achievers in science, but it seems they do not particularly enjoy their studies. (NHK)
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Kanagawa cops: Student received cocaine, stimulant drugs from sempai

December 6, 2016 - 04:00
Kanagawa Prefectural Police have arrested a 21-year-old male university student following the confiscation of a mixture of cocaine and other drugs from a teenager, reports TBS News (
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Teen born and raised in Japan faces deportation to a country he's never been

December 4, 2016 - 22:25
Gursewak Singh is a 17-year-old teen living in a suburban town in Chiba Prefecture, where he was born and has lived his entire life. (
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Teacher calls Fukushima evacuee pupil 'germ'

December 2, 2016 - 09:28
An elementary school pupil who evacuated from Fukushima in the wake of the 2011 nuclear disaster has skipped school for more than a week since a male teacher added "germ" to his name when addressing him in late November, a local education board in Niigata Prefecture said Friday. (Japan Today)
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School safety to be required subject for teachers in Japan

December 2, 2016 - 09:23
Japan's education ministry plans to require university students on teacher-training courses to take classes on responses to events threatening school safety as a mandatory subject for credits. (Jiji)
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Japan drafts guidelines to help allergic people

December 2, 2016 - 09:16
Japan's government has drawn up its first guidelines to help people with allergies. (NHK)
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'Kamitteru' superhuman behavior tops Japan's buzzword list in 2016

December 1, 2016 - 22:29
"Kamitteru," or superhuman behavior in English, was named this year's top buzzword in Japan on Thursday. (Jiji)
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Japanese train conductor surprises everyone on board with his English skills

November 30, 2016 - 22:17
Passengers on board this Tokyo train said they felt like they were in an aircraft when they heard the live English announcement. (
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Japan's Princess Aiko turns 15

November 30, 2016 - 22:00
Japan's Princess Aiko, daughter and only child of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, turned 15 on Thursday. (Jiji)
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Tokyo high school bullies forced student to lick bug larva, caused brain concussion

November 29, 2016 - 23:08
Five top school officials of a university-affiliated high school were reprimanded on Monday over inadequate handling of a bullying case where one of its students was the victim of an assaulted that resulted in a broken wrist and a brain concussion. (
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Japanese students mark record scores in math, science

November 29, 2016 - 22:45
The average scores of Japanese elementary and junior high school students in mathematics and science marked the highest levels in 2015, an international survey showed Tuesday. (Jiji)
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Hirota and Aoi ranked as most popular baby names for 2016

November 29, 2016 - 08:36
Hiroto (大翔) and Aoi (葵) were ranked as the most popular baby names for boys and girls in 2016, according to a survey conducted by Meiji-Yasuda Seimei, a major insurance company in Japan. The company surveyed 8,947 baby boys and 8,509 baby girls who were born this year and whom they insured. (Japan Today)
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Great news: New study shows beer may help curb Alzheimer's

November 29, 2016 - 06:24
Perhaps one of the most tragic illnesses of our time is the loss of one's memory through dementia in old age. Seeing a loved one gradually lose themselves is probably only second to the fear and confusion of living through a neurodegenerative disease. (
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Kamen Joshi idol seeks eradication of illicit filming, molestation on trains

November 27, 2016 - 00:35
A member of the idol group Kamen Joshi (Masked Girls) was named a chief of police in Yokohama in an effort to eradicate molestations and illicit filming on trains, the second time the group has been involved in such an initiative this year, reports Nippon News Network (Nov. 24). (
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Bilingual primary school popular in Australia

November 26, 2016 - 05:23
A public elementary school in eastern Australia is attracting attention with a curriculum that allows children to take all subjects in both English and Japanese. (NHK)
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Refugee applications in Japan Jan.-Sept. exceed 7,900

November 25, 2016 - 23:17
The number of foreigners who applied for refugee status in Japan reached 7,926 between January and September, surpassing its record high on a calendar year basis, Justice Minister Katsutoshi Kaneda said Friday. (Jiji)
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Eating ice cream at breakfast boosts mental performance, Japanese researcher finds

November 22, 2016 - 23:28
Considering all the scary images that the words "clinical trial" can conjure up, the participants in a recent experiment carried out by Yoshihiko Koga must have felt pretty lucky. (
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Japan summons Sailor Moon to encourage young women to get STD testing

November 21, 2016 - 22:59
Japan is calling on Sailor Moon to rally young women to get tested for early detection of sexually transmitted diseases through posters and condoms in heart-shaped packaging. (
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Japan eyes law revision to extend max. child care leave to 2 years

November 21, 2016 - 20:44
The Japanese government plans to seek a law revision next year to extend the maximum child care leave by six months to two years, it was learned Monday. (Jiji)
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