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Think kids spend too much time on smartphones? Clever Japanese tweet will make you think again

June 23, 2016 - 06:07
Infographic argues that today's youth really isn't so different from the pre-smartphone generation. (
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Children without primary school education can enter middle school

June 21, 2016 - 22:18
The government has decided to let children who have not finished primary school due to "special circumstances" enter middle school, something that was previously not permitted. (
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Todai falls from top of Asia rankings to seventh

June 20, 2016 - 22:58
The University of Tokyo, locally known as Todai, has lost its crown in this year's Times Higher Education Asia University rankings released Monday. (Japan Times)
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Woman slips, breaks elbow after 3 students pour liquid on stairs

June 18, 2016 - 23:32
Police are questioning three high school students in Yokohama after they admitted pouring liquid on stairs at a building at Futamatagawa Station in Asahi Ward on June 4. (Japan Today)
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Some handy phrases so you can speak the Kansai dialect

June 14, 2016 - 23:14
So you've spent years studying the Japanese language, not only learning to read and write kanji, but honing your listening and conversation skills to a relatively fluent level, and you've finally fulfilled your dream of sticking a job in Japan. (Japan Today)
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Suicide suspected after school girl struck and killed by freight train

June 14, 2016 - 06:19
Aichi Prefectural Police are investigating what is believed to have a suicide after a female high school student was stuck and killed by train in Gamagori City, reports Nippon News Network (June 14). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Compulsory nine-year school system kicks off in Japan

June 10, 2016 - 06:57
A new nine-year compulsory schooling system has kicked off in Japan, aiming to resolve problems such as bullying and truancy that have been attributed to the conventional six- and three-year division of education. (Japan Times)
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Obama's paper cranes to be displayed in Hiroshima from Thurs.

June 9, 2016 - 06:18
The Hiroshima city government said Tuesday that it will publicly display from Thursday four paper cranes brought by U.S. President Barack Obama when he visited the atomic-bombed western Japan city last month. (Jiji Press)
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Teen arrested for uploading illicit software

June 8, 2016 - 23:31
Police in Tokyo have arrested a 17-year-old boy for uploading free software onto the Internet that allows users to watch pay TV programs for free. (NHK)
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8 Osaka kids killed in knifing spree 15 years ago remembered

June 8, 2016 - 12:19
A memorial ceremony was held on Wednesday to mark the 15th anniversary of a 2001 stabbing spree that left eight children dead and 15 other people injured at an elementary school in the city of Ikeda in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan. (Jiji Press)
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Mother loses parental rights over baby after rejecting vaccination

June 7, 2016 - 23:22
A family court in southwestern Japan has stripped a woman of her parental rights after refusing vaccination for her baby of whom a child welfare center was trying to arrange foster care, sources familiar with the case said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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96-year-old Japanese man recognized as world's oldest graduate

June 4, 2016 - 01:03
A 96-year-old man in western Japan expressed his joy on Friday at being recognized as the world's oldest university graduate. (Japan Today)
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3 University of Tokyo students indicted for indecent assault

June 4, 2016 - 01:00
Police indicted three male University of Tokyo students on Friday for suspected indecent assault of a woman in an apartment in May. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Freeze fish right to save the flavor

June 2, 2016 - 22:39
Keeping fish in the freezer is convenient for busy people, but if people freeze fish and defrost it at home, the taste and texture can suffer. So how can we limit damaging the flavor? (
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Passive smoke kills 15,000 people a year in Japan, study finds

May 31, 2016 - 07:58
An estimated 15,000 people die annually in Japan from stroke, lung cancer or other diseases caused by passive smoking, according to a study by a health ministry research team. (Japan Times)
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Experts draw up plan to help foreign students

May 30, 2016 - 23:12
A panel of experts at Japan's education ministry has proposed setting up hub schools where special instructors would offer classes in easy-to-understand Japanese. (NHK)
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Revamped labor guidelines to issue sterner warning against LGBT discrimination

May 27, 2016 - 00:15
The government is set to make clear in its guideline that discriminatory acts against sexual minorities are regarded as sexual harassment, as Japan steps up efforts to preserve their basic human rights, officials said Thursday. (Japan Times)
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Fewer Japanese seek equal child care role sharing than Europeans

May 24, 2016 - 09:00
Only 33.2 pct of people in Japan believe that men and women should share an equal burden in child rearing, lower than the proportions in three European countries, a Japanese government report showed Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan's fertility rate inches up to 21-year high in 2015

May 23, 2016 - 11:25
Japan's total fertility rate in 2015 rose 0.04 point from the previous year to a 21-year high of 1.46, aided by indications of economic recovery, the health ministry said Monday. (Kyodo)
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Japan to accept 150 Syrians as students

May 20, 2016 - 23:34
Japan will accept as students 150 Syrian refugees and Syrians being evacuated within the Middle East country ravaged by civil war, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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