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Japan's craziest ad ever? English school commercial as likely to make kids terrified as bilingual

February 25, 2015 - 22:56
Seiha English Academy may not be as instantly recognizable as Aeon, Berlitz, ECC, and the other major players in Japan's English education industry. (
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Indonesian, Filipino nurses to be allowed to stay extra year to pass exam

February 24, 2015 - 22:38
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Tuesday it will extend the stay of nursing and caregiver trainees from Indonesia and the Philippines for an extra year to allow those who failed the qualifying exam another chance to pass it. (Japan Today)
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Murdered Kawasaki boy may have been victim of bullying

February 24, 2015 - 04:57
A 13-year-old boy found dead on a riverbank in Kawasaki who may have been the victim of bullying was killed with multiple sharp objects, investigative sources said Tuesday, noting the victim had sustained a deep stab wound to the neck. (Japan Times)
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16-year-old boy in critical condition after being hit in head by baseball

February 23, 2015 - 08:18
A 16-year-old Saitama high school boy remain unconscious in hospital on Monday after he was hit in the head by a baseball Sunday. (Japan Today)
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Ministry urges 253 universities to improve

February 22, 2015 - 22:59
Japan's education ministry has called on 253 universities and colleges to improve their academic standards. (NHK)
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A look at international marriage in Japan

February 19, 2015 - 03:33
The number of international marriages in Japan rose rapidly in the 1980s and 1990s, peaking at over 40,000 in 2006. Since then, the number has been decreasing, and now averages around 20,000 per year. (
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TELL launches new website and anti-bullying video contest

February 17, 2015 - 23:33
TELL (Tokyo English Life Line) on Tuesday said it has redesigned its website. The new website is devoted to increasing awareness and understanding of mental health issues, supporting those in need in the community and promoting fund-raising events. (Japan Today)
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Yes votes on air conditioners for schools near air base 'win' but lose

February 16, 2015 - 21:55
Residents of Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, have voted in favor of installing air conditioning in city primary and middle schools near an Air Self-Defense Force base. (The Japan News)
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Fear of missing out drives net addiction in Japan

February 15, 2015 - 22:06
For Japanese teenager Sumire, chatting with friends while she sits in the bath or even on the toilet is nothing out of the ordinary. (
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Maternity harassment in Japan

February 11, 2015 - 22:30
Japan's extremely slow progress on improving the lowly status of women has been one of the factors that has held the country's economic growth back. (
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Survey: High school girls use mobile phones 7 hours daily

February 10, 2015 - 08:56
Female senior high school students use their smartphones or cellphones an average of seven hours a day, drawn in by a plethora of apps that keep them connected to their friends, a survey showed. (Asahi)
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Local govts ban teachers from private online communication with students

February 9, 2015 - 23:36
Eleven prefectures and three ordinance-designated cities have banned teachers from communicating privately with students through e-mail or messaging apps such as Line, a Yomiuri Shimbun survey found. (The Japan News)
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Japan unveils safety steps for expats, firmer security at schools

February 7, 2015 - 03:13
Japan unveiled on Friday a set of measures to ensure the safety of about 1.2 million Japanese nationals living abroad, including a sharp increase in the number of security guards and cameras at 88 overseas schools for Japanese students. (Kyodo)
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Japan's honorific language about more than manners

February 7, 2015 - 03:00
The physicist Richard Feynman (1918-88), studying Japanese while in postwar Kyoto, rapidly ran into difficulties as his teacher tried to get him to learn three separate words for "see." (
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Children shown Islamic State murder image in class

February 6, 2015 - 09:13
A Nagoya municipal elementary school teacher showed pupils an image of the body of a murdered person believed to be one of two Japanese hostages killed by the Islamic State militant group, the central Japan city's board of education has said. (Jiji Press)
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Princess Kako attends 'kyogen' play performed in sign language in Tokyo

February 2, 2015 - 22:03
Princess Kiko and her daughter Princess Kako attended traditional "kyogen" comedic plays performed in sign language by actors with hearing impairments at the National Noh Theater in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on Feb. 1. (Asahi)
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Japanese and U.S. law schools at a crossroads

February 2, 2015 - 06:49
Law schools in Japan and the U.S. find themselves trapped between a rock and a hard place as the number of applicants continues to shrink in the face of a bleak legal job market. As a result, all but the most elite law schools are being forced to take draconian steps to survive. (Japan Times)
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University of Tsukuba launches Top Global University Project

February 1, 2015 - 00:49
The University of Tsukuba, one of the selected universities for the Japanese Government's "Top Global University Project", is holding a kick-off symposium on February 14-15 at the Toranomon Hills Forum in Tokyo. (Japan Today)
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3,953 public school teachers penalized for corporal punishment in academic '13

January 31, 2015 - 00:19
The number of public school teachers who were penalized for corporal punishment of students reached a record high of 3,953 in the last academic year, the education ministry announced Friday. (The Japan News)
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Harvard Business School has a 'Japan problem'

January 29, 2015 - 22:26
MBA applicants to the prestigious business school from Japan have dwindled to a precious few. Harvard is beefing up its admissions presence in Tokyo to counter the trend. (
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