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Japan to use AI robots in English classes

August 19, 2018 - 23:01
Japan's education ministry is planning to place English-speaking artificial intelligence robots in schools to help children improve their English oral communication skills. (NHK)
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The price for success: What does education mean for Japanese pupils?

August 18, 2018 - 00:06
Education in Japan is specific and works on the principle of "quality study is a guarantee of a successful career." Every Japanese usually deserves only one attempt to take a worthy place in society. However, this system has its dark side as well. (
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Japan to reduce teachers' burden of handling school lunch fees

August 14, 2018 - 22:47
In a bid to save teachers from heavy workloads, the education ministry will compile by the end of next March guidelines on how to reduce their burden of collecting and managing school lunch fees, informed sources have said. (Jiji)
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Japan to beef up immigration office in preparation for more foreign workers

August 9, 2018 - 22:45
The government plans to upgrade the Justice Ministry’s Immigration Bureau to an affiliated agency in April next year in preparation for accepting more foreign workers, sources said Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Princess Mako's fiance leaves Japan to study at U.S. law school

August 7, 2018 - 23:02
Kei Komuro, whose marriage to Japanese Princess Mako has been postponed, left Japan on Tuesday to study at Fordham University's law school in New York. (Jiji)
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Medical university admits exam-tampering

August 7, 2018 - 22:56
Tokyo Medical University has admitted to tampering with entrance exam scores to raise the bar for women and for men who failed such exams several times. (NHK)
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Driver's licenses in Japan to start showing expiration date using Western calendar

August 2, 2018 - 22:49
Japan’s driver’s licenses will start to indicate their expiration date using the Western calendar instead of the Japanese calendar, a draft of revised traffic law regulations showed Thursday. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo Medical Univiversity lowers female applicants' entrance exam scores

August 2, 2018 - 22:37
Tokyo Medical University lowered scores of all female applicants in its general entrance examination for its School of Medicine held in February this year, informed sources said Thursday. (Jiji)
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University to fire ex-coaches over player's dirty tackle

July 30, 2018 - 22:58
A university in Tokyo decided Monday it will dismiss two former coaches of its American football team over a dangerous late tackle by one of its players during an intercollegiate game in May that injured an opposing player. (Japan Today)
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Waseda professor fired over sexual harassment reported by student

July 28, 2018 - 23:37
A professor at Japan’s prestigious Waseda University has been fired over reportedly repeated sexual harassment of a female student, the university announced in a statement on Friday. (Japan Today)
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Japanese national denies passing marijuana to international school students

July 25, 2018 - 22:35
A 20-year-old Japanese national denies supplying marijuana to international school students in custody on drug-related charges, Tokyo Metropolitan Police said on Tuesday, reports TV Asahi (
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Japan agrees to accept 10,000 Vietnamese caregivers

July 25, 2018 - 22:28
The Japanese government has agreed with Vietnam to invite 10,000 nursing caregivers from the Southeast Asian country by the summer of 2020 to counter a serious manpower shortage in the industry. (Nikkei)
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Princess Mako's visit marks 110 years of Japanese migration to Brazil

July 20, 2018 - 23:44
When 8-year-old Eiki Shimabukuro left Japan in 1959 with his parents and five siblings for the two-month sea voyage to Brazil, passengers were given ribbons linking them to those who stayed behind. (Japan Times)
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Japanese men, women enjoy record life expectancies

July 20, 2018 - 23:21
Japan's health ministry says the average life expectancies for men and women hit record highs in 2017. (NHK)
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Japan's Princess Mako arrives in Brazil

July 19, 2018 - 22:23
Japanese Princess Mako arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday on the first leg of her official visit to Brazil. (Jiji)
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All 6 Japan high schoolers win gold, other medals in International Mathematical Olympiad

July 14, 2018 - 22:35
All six high school students representing Japan at the 59th International Mathematical Olympiad have won medals including a gold, the education ministry said Friday. (Jiji)
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The ill-considered reform of Japanese university entrance exams

July 13, 2018 - 23:48
Japan's university entrance examination system is scheduled for an overhaul in 2020. The planned changes in English-language testing are a particular target of attention. (
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Japan sees 9 years of population decline

July 11, 2018 - 17:55
Japan's population has fallen for 9 years in a row, while the capital, Tokyo, keeps growing. (NHK)
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Women's university in Japan officially announces new policy to start accepting transgender students from 2020

July 10, 2018 - 22:20
In what is believed to be a first in Japan, a prestigious national women’s university officially announced Tuesday its new policy to open doors from 2020 to people who were assigned as male at birth but identify as female, saying it’s a natural decision that takes gender diversity into account. (Japan Times)
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Princess Mako's fiance Kei Komuro to study at New York law school from August

July 7, 2018 - 00:21
Princess Mako’s fiance, Kei Komuro, will attend the law school of Fordham University in New York starting in August, the school announced Thursday. (Japan Times)
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