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School gymnastic formation accidents alarm

February 6, 2016 - 20:53
The annual number of accidents during gymnastic formation performances has exceeded 8,000 for four years in a row since fiscal 2011 in primary, middle and high schools, according to the Japan Sport Council (JSC). (the-japan-news.com)
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Junior high teacher burns student's hair with lighter

February 4, 2016 - 04:15
A male teacher at a public junior high school in Kasai, Hyogo Prefecture, burned a student's hair with a lighter during a class in January. (Japan Today)
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The most bizarre, entertaining history of Japan you'll ever watch

February 3, 2016 - 18:51
Japan is the world's third-largest economy and the producer of many of the world's best products, from video games to cars. Yet most Americans don't know much about the country's rich history. (vox.com)
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Japan going crazy for college girls after the release of a new photo collection

February 2, 2016 - 19:24
Move over dancing queen, here comes the "Campus Queen"! Last Friday a digital photo book featuring four finalists from the Miss Campus contest was released in Japan. (rocketnews24.com)
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English skills of students in Japan fail to meet targets

February 2, 2016 - 14:09
All four English skills--reading, listening, writing and speaking--of junior high and high school seniors in Japan failed to meet state-set targets, an education ministry survey showed Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Agency issues warning over children swallowing Setsubun beans

February 2, 2016 - 07:06
Ahead of Setsubun on Wednesday, the day to celebrate the beginning of spring, the Consumer Affairs Agency has warned parents to guard against small children accidentally swallowing soybeans. (Japan Times)
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Exam hell and the crisis in history education

February 2, 2016 - 07:03
Rote memorization has displaced critical thinking and driven young Japanese students away from the study of history, argues the author, who blames the universities' own fact-driven entrance examinations for the crisis facing the humanities and social sciences in higher education. (nippon.com)
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Claiming multiple exemptions in Japan for non-resident relatives? Well, the jig is up

February 2, 2016 - 06:09
Until recently, if you were a non-resident working in Japan, you could easily claim all your supposed over-seas dependents. However, the Japanese government has now become wise to the many shenanigans of those claiming outrageous numbers of family members, (sometimes to the tune of 10 to 15 dependents claimed). (Japan Today)
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Tokyo cops: Nursery school employee abused child

February 2, 2016 - 06:01
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a nursery school employee in Kita Ward on suspicion of abusing a 6-year-old boy, reports Nippon News Network. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Japanese cigarette packs may get bigger health warning label

February 1, 2016 - 16:24
The Finance Ministry will consider requiring tobacco packaging to display more prominent warnings about the possible health impact caused by smoking. (Japan Times)
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Government program intended to increase those studying abroad hits a snag

January 31, 2016 - 22:01
The effort to increase the number of Japanese university students studying abroad has hit a snag, with the number of applications submitted to take part in the public-private scholarship program falling below the quota. (Japan Times)
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'Harry Potter' author reveals Japanese wizarding school

January 30, 2016 - 12:34
The author of the "Harry Potter" series, J.K. Rowling, let muggles in on a big secret - there is a hidden wizarding school in Japan. (Japan Times)
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If you knew sushi: Japan in global quality crackdown

January 25, 2016 - 19:17
The Japanese government is launching a new certification program in an effort to crack down on poor-quality sushi made overseas, local media reports. (cnbc.com)
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Changes in store for TOEIC, but test still not total gauge of fluency: experts

January 25, 2016 - 18:55
In Japan, having high English proficiency can be a strong advantage for students wishing to get into prestigious universities and companies and for businesspeople seeking a promotion. (Japan Times)
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Obesity rates drop among Fukushima children

January 23, 2016 - 08:06
Obesity rates among children in Fukushima Prefecture decreased in fiscal 2015, although they remained at high levels in the wake of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, preliminary data from the education ministry showed Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Princess Mako of Japan returns to Leicester to pick up postgraduate degree

January 21, 2016 - 20:26
A Japanese princess made a low-key royal appearance as she returned to Leicester to pick up her degree. (leicestermercury.co.uk)
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6 districts switched to Sanseido textbook after rewards for officials

January 21, 2016 - 19:42
An English textbook used at public middle schools from the 2012 school year was switched to one published by Sanseido Co. in six school districts in which educational officials involved in the textbook selection process received rewards from the publisher, according to the education ministry and other sources. (the-japan-news.com)
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Japan's deflated generation

January 17, 2016 - 10:26
Those turning 20 this year in Japan have known only an economy of falling prices. What damage have two decades of deflation, anaemic wage growth and lower job security done to their ambitions? (straitstimes.com)
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563,768 students sit for college entrance exams across Japan

January 16, 2016 - 08:09
The National Center for University Entrance Examinations on Saturday began two days of tests across the nation. The center said that 563,768 students-4,636 more than last year-are sitting for the exams at 693 test centers nationwide. (Japan Today)
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Study shows 7% of Japanese 3-year-olds don't get enough sleep

January 12, 2016 - 11:15
Roughly 7 percent of 3-year-olds are sleep-deprived, getting less than 10 hours of sleep a day, due partly to parents coming home from work later than before, according to a government study. (Japan Times)
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