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Japan repatriates 8 children in 1st year under Hague abduction treaty

March 28, 2015 - 02:27
Japan has repatriated eight children to or from other countries in the year since it joined the Hague Convention on child abductions, according to the Foreign Ministry. (Asahi)
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Japan to work with foreign entities in Hague Convention

March 26, 2015 - 22:08
The Foreign Ministry plans to introduce a system in which the arbitration entities of Japan and other countries will cooperate in meeting the demands of parents overseas, such as in the return of, and meeting with, their children in international child custody disputes. (The Japan News)
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Chiba school apologizes after teacher buries kittens alive

March 25, 2015 - 07:14
The principal of a school in Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, has apologized after a teacher buried five newborn kittens, four of which were still alive, on school grounds. (Japan Today)
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High school teacher arrested for drunk driving

March 23, 2015 - 22:57
Police in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, have arrested a 54-year-old high school teacher for driving under the influence of alcohol. (Japan Today)
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Japan, U.S. First Ladies promote girls' education

March 19, 2015 - 11:29
Speaking at a Japan-U.S. event held Thursday in Tokyo, visiting U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and Akie Abe, the wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, called for support to promote the education of girls around the world. (Jiji Press)
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70% of 3rd-year high school students' English at 'middle school level'

March 18, 2015 - 23:38
The education ministry surveyed third-year high school students by examining four English language skills of listening, writing, speaking and reading, and revealed Tuesday that even in their strongest subject - reading - about 73 percent hovered at the middle school level. (The Japan News)
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City, parents settle Otsu bullying case out of court

March 17, 2015 - 23:29
The Otsu municipal government accepted an out-of-court settlement Tuesday for a lawsuit over the 2011 suicide of a 13-year-old junior high school student who had been bullied by his classmates. (Jiji Press)
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14-year-old apparently jumps from 4th floor of school building

March 17, 2015 - 05:49
A 14-year-old girl remained in a coma on Tuesday after she apparently jumped out of a window on the 4th floor of her school in Kashiwa, Chiba prefecture, on Monday. (Japan Today)
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The children's book that caused Japan's raccoon problem

March 17, 2015 - 03:51
When the story of one man's childhood pet raccoon became a hit in 1970s Japan, it heralded a biological invasion still troubling the country today (
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Japan aims to promote global obesity standard

March 16, 2015 - 22:55
With one survey claiming that 2.1 billion people in the world are obese, the Japan Society for the Study of Obesity (JASSO) has started a campaign to raise awareness that obesity is a global disease and early treatment is essential. (The Japan News)
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Teachers receive threatening letters

March 14, 2015 - 01:29
Teachers throughout Japan have received extortion letters demanding cash allegedly on behalf of children's families. (NHK)
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400 truant students, other children face danger: survey

March 13, 2015 - 11:53
As many as 400 children across Japan could find themselves in danger mainly because they hang out with delinquent juveniles or schools have trouble contacting them due to truancy, an education ministry survey showed Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Aichi teacher fractures student's back in altercation after basketball game

March 12, 2015 - 23:47
Police are looking into a physical abuse case by a male teacher at Nakayama Elementary School in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, in which a 12-year-old student suffered a broken bone in his back. (Japan Times)
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Many minor girls caught in Japan's online undercover probe

March 12, 2015 - 13:28
Japanese police took into custody last year 439 minors under 18 who posted online messages offering to engage in "enjo kosai" compensated dating or sell underwear, the National Police Agency said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan's education minister and the schools for scandal

March 11, 2015 - 23:38
Japan's Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology may need lessons in morals, honesty, and the political funding laws of Japan. (
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Citizenship rule upheld against kids born abroad

March 10, 2015 - 23:14
The Supreme Court said Tuesday that it has dismissed claims for Japanese citizenship by 15 people born to Japanese fathers and Filipino mothers in the Philippines, upholding lower court decisions. (The Japan News)
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Japanese women at a crossroads

March 10, 2015 - 23:10
In Japan, many men still want their wives to stay at home rather than have their own careers as well. (BBC)
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Momo-chan author Matsutani dies

March 10, 2015 - 00:09
Miyoko Matsutani, an author of children's stories best known for "Chiisai Momo-chan" (Little Momo-chan), died of old age on Feb. 28, it was learned Monday. She was 89. (The Japan News)
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'Reunited' Hachiko statue unveiled at Todai

March 9, 2015 - 23:38
A new statue that depicts the faithful dog Hachiko being reunited with his owner has been unveiled at the University of Tokyo's Faculty of Agriculture in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo. (The Japan News)
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New screening styles at top universities

March 8, 2015 - 22:36
The University of Tokyo and Kyoto University are scheduled to introduce recommendation-based admissions as well as so-called admission office (AO) exams based on interviews and essays for the first time this autumn. (The Japan News)
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