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New high school textbooks have more descriptions on defense policies

March 24, 2017 - 23:10
New textbooks authorized for use in Japan's senior high schools from April next year contain more descriptions on foreign and defense policies undertaken by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government, such as the ability to engage in collective self-defense, according to the results of the education ministry's latest textbook screening disclosed Friday. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo outlines plans for English Village

March 23, 2017 - 11:29
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has unveiled an outline of a facility designed to boost young people's communication skills in the English language. (NHK)
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Nature: scientific research in Japan waning

March 22, 2017 - 21:36
The British science publication Nature has found that the number of papers written by Japanese researchers accounted for a shrinking percentage of the total accepted by the world's journals. (NHK)
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Princess Aiko finishes junior high school

March 22, 2017 - 10:38
Princess Aiko, the daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, has graduated from junior high school. (NHK)
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Hyogo nursery linked to alleged over-enrollment scam also fined tardy teachers Y10,000

March 22, 2017 - 04:47
A certified private nursery in Hyogo Prefecture that was found to be secretly accepting more children than its designated capacity had also been docking the pay of teachers who came in late by ¥10,000, according to the prefectural government. (Japan Times)
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Science, engineering majors in high demand in Japan

March 20, 2017 - 22:09
The march of technological innovation, including the Industry 4.0 trend in manufacturing, is lifting Japanese demand for new university graduates with majors in science and engineering. (Nikkei)
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Restoration projects to start for Japanese gardens overseas

March 20, 2017 - 21:48
Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism will take on projects to restore Japanese gardens in foreign countries. (Jiji)
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Japan lays groundwork for free education policy to help economy

March 14, 2017 - 11:17
Japan is laying the groundwork for a free education programme for some households that will cover a student's costs from pre-school to college to ensure the country maintains a highly-skilled workforce. (
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Japanese high school students passive in studies: survey

March 13, 2017 - 22:07
Japanese high school students have a passive attitude toward their studies, compared with U.S., Chinese and South Korean students, a survey showed Monday. (Jiji)
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Abe congratulates graduates in tsunami-hit city

March 12, 2017 - 23:09
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has congratulated a graduating class at a junior high school in the city of Miyako in Iwate Prefecture in northeastern Japan. The region was hit hard by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. (NHK)
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How to craft safety

March 12, 2017 - 00:07
The people of Japan came up with DIY ideas for life during the effects of natural disaster. (NHK)
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Disaster drill held in Tokyo with foreign students

March 11, 2017 - 23:02
Foreign students have joined a disaster drill in central Tokyo. (NHK)
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Teachers claim dismissals were invalid in suit against Shane English School

March 9, 2017 - 21:16
Two British language teachers who worked for Shane English School Japan filed suit Thursday against the school's operator Shane Corporation Ltd., claiming that their dismissals were unfair and invalid. (Japan Times)
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Japan's second baby hatch postponed

March 6, 2017 - 22:38
The planned establishment of Japan's second baby hatch, a place where people can anonymously leave unwanted babies, in Kobe has been put off, according to the nonprofit organization preparing to manage the facility. (Japan Times)
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Job hunting season begins

March 1, 2017 - 21:18
College students in Japan have begun hunting for jobs, with large companies holding recruiting fairs. (NHK)
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Medical university president urged to resign

February 25, 2017 - 23:15
A medical university in Kyoto, western Japan, is requesting its president to resign over alleged ties with the head of an organized crime group. (NHK)
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National university entrance exams begin

February 25, 2017 - 23:04
Anxious students across Japan are sitting the annual entrance examinations for public universities. (NHK)
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Junior high students in Japan show unbalanced english skills

February 24, 2017 - 21:50
Third-year students in junior high schools in Japan achieved a state-set goal for writing in English while failing to meet targets for listening, speaking and reading skills, an education ministry survey showed Friday. (Jiji)
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Former Nova teacher pleads guilty to defrauding students in Hawaii bank scam

February 22, 2017 - 05:29
A man who taught English at a well-known chain of foreign language schools in Japan pleaded guilty Tuesday to defrauding his students out of more than $230,000. (Japan Today)
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Kindergarten apologizes after slurring Koreans, Chinese

February 21, 2017 - 22:32
A kindergarten known for its nationalist curriculum has apologized after coming under fire for hostile comments about Korean and Chinese parents. (Japan Times)
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