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Woman sues ex-primary school vice principal for sexual abuse from 25 years ago

August 24, 2016 - 23:37
A woman in her 30s has sued a former vice principal of a public elementary school in Toyama Prefecture for alleged sexual abuse and indecent acts she says were perpetrated against her nearly a quarter century ago when she was around 10 years old, her lawyer said Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Panel bans Tokyo university's Japanese-only labor talks policy

August 24, 2016 - 23:10
A labor panel ordered a Tokyo university Wednesday to not refuse to use English in negotiations with a foreign teachers' labor union at its affiliated school. (Japan Today)
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Government to loosen rules on using maiden names for My Number, residence cards

August 22, 2016 - 23:45
The government is set to promote the wider use of maiden names as it attempts to create a more female-friendly work environment at a time when the nation's labor force is expected to shrink. (Japan Times)
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Japan's Imperial couple visits silk culture museum

August 21, 2016 - 08:15
Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have arrived in Nagano Prefecture, central Japan for rest and recuperation. (NHK)
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Japanese Princess Mako to enter graduate school in September

August 20, 2016 - 10:33
Japanese Princess Mako has passed an entrance exam for a doctoral course at International Christian University in Tokyo, the Imperial Household Agency said Saturday. (Japan Times)
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14-year-old boy killed by train in apparent suicide

August 14, 2016 - 00:38
A 14-year-old boy died after being hit by a train in an apparent suicide on Saturday. (Japan Today)
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English classes are evolving / Primary school teachers up their game

August 12, 2016 - 23:37
In the lead-up to English becoming a part of the primary school curriculum, improving instructors' English teaching skills is urgent business. (
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Japan marks first Mountain Day

August 11, 2016 - 06:03
People in a Japanese mountain resort celebrated Mountain Day, Japan's newest and 16th national holiday. (NHK)
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Over 200 foreigners active with volunteer fire corps in Japan

August 9, 2016 - 22:25
More than 200 foreigners are members of volunteer fire corps in Japan, a survey by Kyodo News has found, providing a much-needed boost as overall membership dwindles due to the aging population and low birthrate. (Japan Today)
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Nagasaki commemorates 71st anniversary of atomic bombing

August 9, 2016 - 00:08
Nagasaki began marking Tuesday the 71st anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of the city, with Mayor Tomihisa Taue expected later in the day to urge international society to draw upon collective wisdom in order to realize a world without nuclear weapons. (Kyodo)
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Salt intake still high despite years of reduction initiatives

August 7, 2016 - 13:13
Despite years of public health campaigns, salt consumption in Japan has not decreased as expected, recent research shows. (Japan Times)
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park excluded from 'Pokemon Go'

August 7, 2016 - 00:12
The Hiroshima municipal government said Saturday that the main developer of "Pokemon Go" has excluded Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park from the smartphone game. (Jiji Press)
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Soviet film of Hiroshima, Nagasaki shown to media

August 4, 2016 - 23:17
Footage of Hiroshima and Nagasaki taken by officials of the former Soviet Union shortly after the 1945 US atomic bombings has been shown to the media at a Hiroshima museum. (NHK)
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Child abuse cases in Japan top 100,000 in FY 2015

August 4, 2016 - 23:13
The number of child abuse cases in Japan exceeded 100,000 for the first time in fiscal 2015, hitting a record high for the 25th straight year, a welfare ministry survey showed Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan students drew graffiti on Cologne Cathedral

August 3, 2016 - 23:54
Two Japanese students left graffiti on a wall of the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. The cathedral is registered as a World Heritage site. (NHK)
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Japan to adopt English as regular elementary school subject

August 2, 2016 - 00:17
Japan's education ministry on Monday presented to a subgroup of the Central Council for Education a draft outline of a planned revision to the country's curriculum guidelines, including adopting English as a regular elementary school subject. (Jiji Press)
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81.5% of women take childcare leave

July 31, 2016 - 23:39
The percentage of female workers who took childcare leave in fiscal 2015 fell 5.1 percentage points from the previous fiscal year to 81.5 percent, while that of male workers rose 0.35 percentage points to 2.65 percent, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry's Basic Survey of Gender Equality in Employment Management. (
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Japanese women lose world's top spot in life expectancy

July 27, 2016 - 22:56
Japanese women relinquished the world's top spot in average life expectancy at 87.05 years in 2015, overtaken by women from Hong Kong at 87.32 years, according to the welfare ministry's data released Wednesday. (Japan Today)
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Improperly run Japanese language schools may lose license under new rules

July 20, 2016 - 23:37
The government will introduce new rules on running Japanese language schools to eliminate poorly managed ones and keep the educational quality at an adequate level, sources said Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Bilingual guidebook to help LGBT community in natural disasters

July 20, 2016 - 10:26
A bilingual guideline designed for sexual minorities during times of natural disasters has been published in a bid to raise public awareness about problems they may face at emergency shelters. (Japan Times)
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