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Hague pact used to return Japanese child for 1st time

July 29, 2014 - 14:33
A British court has ordered the return of a child to Japan under the Hague convention on child abduction, in the first case applied to a Japanese child since Japan ratified the treaty to help settle international child custody disputes, people involved in the case said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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Nursery schools add services to survive

July 27, 2014 - 01:03
With the number of privately run nursery schools increasing in Japan, many such facilities are working to come up with novel services in order to survive, including original educational materials and English conversation classes. (The Japan News)
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Name-list firm resells data on 470,000 Benesse customers for 1.2 million yen

July 26, 2014 - 01:09
A name-list trader that bought Benesse Corp. customer information from a systems engineer arrested last week has resold data on some 470,000 Benesse customers for 1.2 million yen to an education-related company in the Kyushu southwestern Japan region, investigative sources said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Dozens start their day with morning yoga in front of Tokyo Station

July 25, 2014 - 09:38
Early commuters exiting JR Tokyo Station on July 25 noticed a mass of people doing the downward-facing dog and other body-stretching positions under the heat of the early morning sun. (Asahi)
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Actress/sexpert Aya Sugimoto founds organization for animal welfare in Japan

July 25, 2014 - 06:17
Former J-pop star, erotic novelist and television sex guru Aya Sugimoto is already well-known in the Japanese animal welfare community for her strong anti-fur stance, but this year she has taken aim at the abominable state of Japan's pet industry by founding her own animal welfare organization, Eva. (rocketnews24.com)
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Bullying suspected in Aomori high school girl's death

July 24, 2014 - 06:57
The body of a second-year high school girl was discovered in the sea off Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, on July 8, in what police believe may have been a suicide caused by bullying. (Japan Today)
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Obokata's case reveals faults of lenient Japanese academia

July 23, 2014 - 23:44
Amid a series of research misconduct cases involving universities and research institutions in the nation, such as the recent controversy over articles on stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency (STAP) cells, there is increasing criticism over insufficient investigations into suspected research misconduct. (The Japan News)
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Lawyer accidentally supports the armament of Japan with flawed cartoon reference

July 22, 2014 - 23:34
On 16 July Sapporo Attorney Ayako Ito made a visit to Sapporo Kotoni Technical High School to assist the social studies teacher Shiego Kawahara in an important lesson regarding the right of collective self-defense. It's a thorny issue that can be difficult enough to explain to adults let alone teenagers. (rocketnews24.com)
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300 suffer food poisoning at Nagano sports tournament

July 21, 2014 - 22:58
Police and health officials in Ueda, Nagano Prefecture, said Monday that around 300 students suffered food poisoning at a soccer and rugby tournament. Of those, 120 were taken to hospital but none suffered any lasting effects, police said. (Japan Today)
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TV shows to get foreign-language subtitles by 2020

July 21, 2014 - 22:48
The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry will develop a system to show Japanese TV programs with subtitles in foreign languages, including English and Chinese, to provide a more comfortable viewing experience for foreign visitors, according to sources. (The Japan News)
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More university students prefer repeating senior year over working

July 20, 2014 - 23:42
A total of 102,810 students did not graduate from colleges and universities nationwide this spring, with many choosing to repeat a year because they had decided to decline job offers they were reluctant to take, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun survey. (The Japan News)
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ECC may have bought data leaked from Benesse

July 19, 2014 - 00:09
Major foreign language school operator ECC Corp. has bought personal data on high school students that may have leaked from education service provider Benesse Corp. at the center of a high-profile information leak scandal, it was learned Friday. (Jiji Press)
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No need for Waseda to cancel Obokata's doctorate: panel

July 17, 2014 - 23:21
An investigation panel at Japan's Waseda University said in a report Thursday that the controversial doctoral thesis of researcher Haruko Obokata, who is at the center of a scandal over STAP cells, does not require the university to cancel her doctorate. (Jiji Press)
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Japan's disappearing e-books causes concern

July 16, 2014 - 23:45
Many Japanese purchasers of e-books are facing a situation inconceivable to owners of conventional texts: They are no longer able to read the books they purchased. (guelphmercury.com)
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U.N. experts urge Japan to tighten hate speech control

July 16, 2014 - 06:30
Japan came under pressure at a U.N. meeting Tuesday to introduce legislation to tighten control over hate speeches that would promote discrimination by race or nationality. (Jiji Press)
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Local govts look for ways to halt population decline

July 15, 2014 - 23:22
A recent report by the Japan Policy Council found Nanmoku, Gunma Prefecture, facing the greatest decline in female residents aged 20 to 39 of any Japanese municipality. (The Japan News)
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Health ministry says whereabouts of 378 children in Tokyo unknown

July 15, 2014 - 23:19
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare says there are 378 children under the age of 18 whose whereabouts are unknown within the Tokyo metropolitan area. (Japan Today)
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Child poverty hits record high in Japan

July 15, 2014 - 23:17
Japan's welfare ministry says the percentage of children living in poverty in the country has hit a record high. (NHK)
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Japan govt eyes income limit for free education of 5-yr-olds

July 15, 2014 - 23:04
Japanese education minister Hakubun Shimomura said Tuesday that the government plans to introduce an income limit for free preschool education for five-year-old children. (Jiji Press)
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U.S. professor honored for Japan studies

July 14, 2014 - 23:27
A professor of Georgetown University in Washington has been selected for his study of nationalism in modern Japan as the first recipient of a private award established to promote research on Japan by foreign scholars. (The Japan News)
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