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Elementary school teacher caught lifting man's wallet on train

May 2, 2016 - 09:49
Police in Saitama said Sunday they have arrested a 23-year-old elementary school teacher on suspicion of attempting to steal a man's wallet on a train. (Japan Today)
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Foreign volunteers helping to rebuild lives in Kumamoto

May 2, 2016 - 00:20
Casualty statistics can give a misleading impression of the havoc inflicted by natural disasters. For instance, the most recent updates for the magnitude-6.5 and 7.3 earthquakes that hit Kumamoto and Oita prefectures on April 14 and 16 give casualty figures of 49 killed and more than 2,000 injured. It may be tempting to add "only." (Japan Times)
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Japan looks to overhaul tour guide exams

April 30, 2016 - 00:44
In light of increased numbers of visitors travelling to Japan, the government is overhauling many of the regulations that rule the tourism sector. (
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Kumamon enlisted for quake donation campaigns

April 26, 2016 - 08:26
Kumamon, a popular black bear mascot for Kumamoto Prefecture, is in strong demand for use in soliciting donations for people afflicted by a series of powerful earthquakes in southwestern Japan. (Jiji Press)
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Some schools reopen in quake-hit Kumamoto

April 25, 2016 - 12:39
Some public schools, including elementary schools, reopened in Kumamoto Prefecture on Monday following a suspension caused by a series of strong earthquakes that rocked the southwestern Japan prefecture and nearby areas. (Jiji Press)
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Quakes keep many schools closed in Kumamoto

April 24, 2016 - 19:59
More than half of all schools remain closed in quake-hit Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan. About 150,000 children are affected. (NHK)
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The return of Japan's strangest English textbook

April 23, 2016 - 00:11
Many Japanese think English is a difficult language. So why not make that linguistic grind enjoyable? That's exactly what this odd little book does. (
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Tokyo Catholic school sex-abuse victims demand to be heard

April 21, 2016 - 23:11
The Roman Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal has stretched into one of the least Catholic countries: Japan, where former students at a prestigious all-boys parochial school allege they were molested or raped by religious brothers who taught there decades ago. (Japan Today)
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Evacuee living brings deadly health risks

April 21, 2016 - 22:28
With Thursday marking one week since the Kumamoto Earthquake, dying from disaster-related ailments has become a serious concern for those who have been evacuated due to the series of earthquakes that hit Kumamoto Prefecture and its surroundings. (
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Risky pyramid-building stunts blamed on competitive teachers

April 20, 2016 - 23:57
Rushed in for emergency surgery to stop bleeding on the brain, doctors at Matsudo City Hospital said the child was lucky to be alive. Others have come in with spinal fractures, broken ribs and shattered limbs. (Japan Times)
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Academic tests canceled in Kumamoto

April 19, 2016 - 21:27
The education ministry conducted academic achievement tests at primary and middle schools across the country on Tuesday, except for Kumamoto Prefecture and some other earthquake-affected areas in the Kyushu region. (
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Student apartments collapse

April 16, 2016 - 22:34
Twelve university students were temporarily trapped when apartment buildings collapsed in Minami-Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture. (
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9-year-old boy unconscious after classroom fight

April 15, 2016 - 23:29
A 9-year-old elementary school student in Tokyo's Adachi Ward is fighting for his life in hospital after a violent clash with a classmate put him into a state of cardio-respiratory arrest on Thursday. (Japan Today)
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Child victims of social networking crimes hit record high in Japan in 2015

April 14, 2016 - 23:54
The number of people aged under 18 who fell victim to crimes through the use of social networking websites in Japan in 2015 rose by 231 from the previous year to 1,652, the largest since statistics began in 2008, the National Police Agency said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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School principal arrested for shoplifting in Ehime

April 13, 2016 - 23:02
The principal of a private school in Ozu, Ehime Prefecture, has been arrested for shoplifting groceries, including "onigiri" (rice balls). (Japan Today)
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Gov't considers realignment of public, private universities

April 11, 2016 - 23:11
The education ministry is considering a major realignment of both public and private universities ahead of an expected drop in the number of students, ministry sources said Monday. (Japan Today)
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Bans on ball play in parks under review by local governments

April 11, 2016 - 22:20
Some local governments are making moves to lift a ban on ball play in parks. The moves are triggered by children and parents seeking places where they can play catch and other ball games. (
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More Japanese look to Philippines to hone English skills

April 11, 2016 - 06:44
Japanese are increasingly choosing to study English in the Philippines over the United States or U.K., driven by the lures of cheaper tuition fees and the proximity to home. (Japan Times)
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Japan draws foreign students to confectionery schools

April 9, 2016 - 00:20
The number of students from Asian countries and regions studying Western confectionery making in Japan is rapidly increasing. It is likely that foreign students are attracted by Japan's advanced confectionery production techniques, which are not inferior to the original Western techniques, and the Japanese style of detailed and careful teaching. (
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Man arrested over theft of valuables from 170 students at Nagano hotel

April 7, 2016 - 22:56
Police arrested a man on Thursday suspected of stealing valuables of about 170 senior high school students while they were staying at a hotel in Nagano Prefecture earlier this year. (Japan Today)
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