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Japan to certify foreign cooks of 'washoku'

November 24, 2015 - 21:42
The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry is planning a certification system for non-Japanese cooks working at washoku traditional Japanese cuisine restaurants abroad. (Japan Times)
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Students complain of 'owahara' at 60 percent of universities

November 24, 2015 - 11:15
More than 60 pct of universities in Japan received complaints from students this year about a practice known as "owahara," in which companies pressure students to end their job-hunting activities in exchange for giving them informal employment offers, a private survey has found. (Jiji Press)
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Higher education badly in need of a spending boost

November 22, 2015 - 22:40
The World University Rankings 2015-2016, announced Oct. 1 by the Times Higher Education, defied expectations as the University of Tokyo, which ranked 23rd in the previous year, dropped to the 43rd spot and the ranking of Kyoto University fell from 59th to 88th. (Japan Times)
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Murakami wins top literature prize

November 18, 2015 - 21:54
One of the best-loved authors from Japan has won a top literature prize that has previously been given to the likes of Salman Rushdie and J K Rowling. (
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Oxford Dictionaries picks single emoji as Word of the Year, seemingly forgets what 'word' means

November 18, 2015 - 21:48
Oxford Dictionaries, the online arm of the publisher of the Oxford Dictionary of English, has announced that its 2015 Word of the Year is an emoji. No, not the word "emoji," but a single, specific emoji. (
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The top baby names in Japan for 2015 revealed

November 17, 2015 - 21:29
A list of the top boys' and girls' names for newborn babies in Japan has been released, showing the trends for 2015. (
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Guidelines drafted for temporary manhole toilets

November 17, 2015 - 21:11
The infrastructure ministry has drafted guidelines for setting up temporary toilets directly over manholes at the time of disaster, Jiji Press has learned. (The Japan News)
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Nationwide curriculum to end free-for-all in English teacher training

November 14, 2015 - 00:27
Stung by the low proficiency in English of many of the educators who teach the language, the education ministry has decided for the first time to impose a standard curriculum for teacher-training courses in universities. (Japan Times)
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Welfare ministry poll finds female temps who get pregnant, give birth face workplace harassment

November 12, 2015 - 22:26
Nearly half of female temp workers who became pregnant or gave birth while employed have experienced various forms of "maternity harassment" at the workplace, more than double the rate for those with full job status, the welfare ministry's first survey on the issue has found, indicating people in weaker positions are prone to being tormented. (Japan Times)
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Nominees announced for year's top buzzwords

November 10, 2015 - 22:41
The Jiyukokuminsha publishing house on Tuesday announced 50 nominees for this year's top buzzwords, covering everything from the "bakugai" (explosive shopping spree) carried out by Chinese tourists to "Goromaru pozu," referring to rugby star Ayumu Goromaru's characteristic clasping of his hands before making a kick. (Japan Times)
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U.N. official's claim that 13% of Japanese girls engage in 'compensated dating' angers government

November 10, 2015 - 22:23
The Foreign Ministry has protested remarks by a U.N. official who said 13 percent of schoolgirls in Japan are engaged in enjo kosai, or compensated dating, and called for the comment to be retracted. (Japan Times)
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12-year-old Kyoto boy admits smoking marijuana

November 10, 2015 - 22:17
A 12-year-old boy in the city of Kyoto has admitted to smoking marijuana, it was learned Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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Nihon University probes professor over loan from ex-yakuza

November 10, 2015 - 22:15
Nihon University is questioning a professor emeritus who borrowed ¥20 million from a former senior member of the Yamaguchi-gumi yakuza syndicate, school officials said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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After visit to child care facility, Abe says he'll study reducing burden of pregnancy, childbirth

November 8, 2015 - 21:35
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday that he will further study reducing the burden of pregnancy and childbirth. (Japan Times)
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Japan ranks top in average life expectancy: OECD

November 5, 2015 - 22:56
Japan ranked top among 44 countries surveyed in average life expectancy at birth as of 2013, at 83.4 years, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said in a report Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Rare find of Edo Period ruins in Lake Biwako

November 5, 2015 - 22:21
Archaeologists have discovered late Edo Period (1603-1867) ruins of a suspected shrine in Lake Biwako. (Asahi)
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20 students saw bullying of Nagoya boy before suicide

November 5, 2015 - 22:02
A survey by the Nagoya city education board revealed Thursday that 20 students witnessed the bullying of a 12-year-old junior high school boy who recently committed suicide at a subway station in the central Japan city. (Jiji Press)
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The figures don't lie: Smartphones hurt kids' grades

November 4, 2015 - 22:27
"If rapid measures aren't taken, we may be in for serious problems," frets Ryuta Kawashima, professor at the Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer at Tohoku University. "It's no exaggeration to say that kids today are being controlled by smartphones, and becoming enslaved by them." (Japan Today)
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Emperor awards Order of Culture

November 3, 2015 - 21:50
Japan's Emperor Akihito has awarded this year's Order of Culture, the nation's highest cultural honor, to 2 Nobel Prize laureates and other prominent figures. (NHK)
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Waseda Univ. revokes Obokata's doctorate

November 2, 2015 - 21:29
Waseda University said Monday it has decided to strip Haruko Obokata, a former researcher at the government-affiliated research institute of Riken, of the doctorate she received from the university in 2011, due chiefly to a lack of scientific basis for her doctoral thesis. (Jiji Press)
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