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100 support centers for foreign workers to open

December 16, 2018 - 20:43
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has revealed that the government plans to open about 100 support centers for foreign workers across Japan. (NHK)
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Japan set to spend Y1.5 trillion on elementary and junior high school teachers in fiscal 2019

December 15, 2018 - 22:22
The education ministry plans to include ¥1.52 trillion in its budget for fiscal 2019 to cover personnel costs for teachers at public elementary and junior high schools, it has been learned. (Japan Times)
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Japanese-language schools expand offerings overseas

December 14, 2018 - 21:59
Japanese education companies are expanding their language offerings overseas, seeing business opportunities in meeting growing demand for Japanese-speaking foreign manpower as the nation opens its doors to workers from overseas. (Nikkei)
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Japan to extend copyright period on works including novels, paintings to 70 years on Dec. 30

December 9, 2018 - 22:30
Japan is set to extend the copyright period on works such as novels and paintings to 70 years after the authors’ deaths from the current 50 years, effective Dec. 30, when the revised copyright law goes into force. (Japan Times)
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Foreign workers' children may get resident status

November 30, 2018 - 19:56
The Japanese government says children born to foreigners in the country on a proposed skilled worker visa could receive resident status, even though the visa would, in principle, bar the workers from bringing family members to Japan. (NHK)
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Shiseido Japan's same-sex kiss ad wins gold in Epica advertising awards

November 30, 2018 - 00:14
The artistic commercial secured a Grand Prix win as well as a gold award for the film category. (
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10 Japanese rituals may be on UNESCO list

November 28, 2018 - 23:12
Ten traditional rituals of Japan featuring people in masks and costumes are expected to be added to the list of UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage. (NHK)
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Japan to add hotel industry to foreign trainee program

November 25, 2018 - 23:50
The hotel industry will be listed as lying within the scope of the type two trainee status under the government's technical intern training program for foreign nationals, officials have said. (Japan Times)
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Virgin majority for surveyed Japanese college students, and 30 percent have never gone on a date

November 23, 2018 - 23:18
While the human interaction that's the primary focus of the Japanese Association for Sex Education is right there in the organization's name, its researchers realize that intercourse usually isn't something that occurs without some sort of buildup of attraction and affection. (
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Tokyo Medical University stripped of accreditation

November 22, 2018 - 23:49
Tokyo Medical University has been stripped of its accreditation, following recent revelations that the university rigged entrance examinations against female and older applicants. (NHK)
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ASEAN to groom 80,000 tech specialists with Japan's help

November 14, 2018 - 22:51
Japan will help countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations groom 80,000 manufacturing and digital industry specialists over five years, part of a broader effort by Tokyo toward cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region. (Nikkei)
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Tokyo Medical Univ to accept some applicants denied by exam rigging

November 7, 2018 - 20:42
Tokyo Medical University will admit applicants who were rejected in 2017 and 2018 due to a rigged admission process, if they still wish to attend the school, sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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Japan's youth suicides hit 30-year high

November 6, 2018 - 21:15
Suicides by Japanese youth have reached a 30-year-high, the education ministry said on Monday, even as overall suicide numbers have steadily declined over the past 15 years. (Japan Today)
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School teachers in Japan work more than 11 hours a day: survey

October 30, 2018 - 21:06
Teachers and officials at elementary, junior high and high schools across Japan are working more than 11 hours per day on average, raising concern about serious health repercussions or even deaths, a government survey showed Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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24 women seek damages for unfair entrance exams

October 29, 2018 - 20:37
A group of women is demanding that Tokyo Medical University refund their entrance exam fees and pay damages for their unfair treatment. (NHK)
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Girl leaps from school building in apparent suicide attempt, injures teacher

October 28, 2018 - 20:04
A girl injured a teacher when she leaped from a school building in Okayama City last week in an apparent suicide attempt, local authorities said, reports TV Asahi (
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Foreign parents fight in vain for custody in Japan

October 25, 2018 - 21:11
Emmanuel, Stephane, Henrik and James come from very different backgrounds, but they share the same painful experience of battling Japan's legal system - in vain - for access to their children after divorce. (
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School bullying cases hit new high at 410,000

October 25, 2018 - 20:35
A government survey has found that more than 410,000 cases of bullying were reported at schools in Japan during the 2017 academic year that ended in March. The figure was the highest ever. (NHK)
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Women to demand compensations from Tokyo Medical University over entrance exam rigging

October 24, 2018 - 22:05
Women who applied unsuccessfully to Tokyo Medical University intend to demand compensation from the school for manipulating entrance exam results in favor of male applicants and hiding the discriminatory practice, their lawyers said Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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10 Japanese rituals to go on UNESCO Heritage list

October 24, 2018 - 22:02
Ten Japanese traditional rituals featuring people in costumes will be put on UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list. (NHK)
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