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Local leaders seek reforms to shorten nursery waiting list

September 27, 2016 - 21:58
Local government chiefs in Japan asked Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki on Tuesday to reform people's work styles as a way to shorten the long waiting lists of applicants for nursery facilities across the nation. (Jiji Press)
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Japan versions of TPP documents turn up 18 mistranslated parts

September 27, 2016 - 11:06
Eighteen mistranslated parts have been found in the official Japanese translation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership documents, it was learned on Monday. (Japan Times)
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Roman empire coins found in Okinawa

September 26, 2016 - 22:47
Bronze coins that were dug up at the Katsuren Castle Remains in the city of Uruma in Okinawa Prefecture have been identified as those of the Roman Empire, the city's education board said Monday. (Jiji Press)
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Chiba cops hunting for suspect who flooded middle school

September 25, 2016 - 23:13
Police are hunting for a suspect who flooded a middle school here on Sunday by leaving faucets running in a classroom. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Govt. to develop multi-lingual alert system

September 25, 2016 - 23:04
The Internal Affairs Ministry says it will study ways to effectively deliver evacuation information to foreigners visiting Japan. (NHK)
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Queen guitarist Brian May protests Taiji dolphin hunts

September 24, 2016 - 01:38
Brian May, guitarist of British rock group Queen, is taking a stand against Japan's dolphin killing, saying the slaughter of animals should end in the same way society has turned against slavery or witch-burning. (Japan Today)
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Shiga cops: Ex-teacher engaged in sexual acts with boy

September 22, 2016 - 00:03
A former high school teacher was arrested here on Tuesday for carrying out sexual acts at his home with a male student who often stayed there overnight. (Tokyo Reporter)
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As Japan celebrates 'Respect for the Aged Day,' it has more seniors to honor than ever before

September 19, 2016 - 23:26
As Japan celebrates Respect for the Aged Day (Sept. 19), the country released a report showing that the country's population continues to get ever grayer. (qz.com)
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World's oldest fish-hooks found on Okinawa, Japan

September 18, 2016 - 23:30
The world's oldest fish-hooks, approximately 23,000 years old, have been found in a cave on Okinawa Island off the coast of Japan. (theguardian.com)
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Japan ranks second lowest in education spending among OECD countries

September 15, 2016 - 22:46
Japan's public spending on education ranked the second lowest among 33 comparable member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, an OECD report for 2013 showed Thursday. (Japan Today)
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9.5 percent of male govt, quasi-govt officials take child care leave in Japan

September 13, 2016 - 22:13
Male officials of Japan's central government and government-affiliated independent administrative agencies who took child care leave accounted for 9.5 pct in fiscal 2015, the highest proportion since the leave system was introduced for those raising children in 1992, a government survey showed Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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'Kochikame' manga earns Guinness record

September 12, 2016 - 22:39
Manga artist Osamu Akimoto's "Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikoen-mae Hashutsujo" police comedy series has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the single manga series with the most volumes published, publisher Shueisha Inc. said Monday. (the-japan-news.com)
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Saitama cops: Teacher trespassed into girl's changing room for illicit filming

September 12, 2016 - 22:37
Saitama Prefectural Police have arrested a 52-year-old male teacher at a middle school in Kasukabe City for allegedly infiltrating into a girl's changing room for the taking of illicit films, TBS News. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Saitama cops: Teacher trespassed into girl's changing room for illicit filming

September 11, 2016 - 23:15
Saitama Prefectural Police have arrested a 52-year-old male teacher at a middle school in Kasukabe City for allegedly infiltrating into a girl's changing room for the taking of illicit films, TBS News (Sept. 10). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Tokyo to seek 12.6 billion yen to shorten nursery waiting list

September 9, 2016 - 22:47
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said Friday she will request a 12.6-billion-yen supplementary budget for fiscal 2016 to take additional measures to shorten the Japanese capital's long waiting list of applicants for nursery facilities. (Jiji Press)
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Japan measles outbreak: 7 more cases confirmed in Hyogo

September 9, 2016 - 05:34
Seven more cases of measles were confirmed here on Thursday as Japan grapples with a mostly foreign strain of the virus it once eradicated years ago. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Newly crowned Miss Japan proud of Indian roots

September 8, 2016 - 22:25
The newly crowned Miss World Japan is hardly a typical Japanese woman. Being half-Indian is only part of it. (indiatimes.com)
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Japan's sex problem is setting up a 'demographic time bomb' -- and it could be spreading

September 8, 2016 - 22:05
Japan has a sex problem, and it might be contagious. For 25 years, the country has seen falling fertility rates coincide with widespread ageing, a worrisome trend that has now reached a critical mass known as a "demographic time bomb." (businessinsider.com.au)
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Outrage over Japan's 'owl cafés'

September 8, 2016 - 22:01
Animal rights activists in Japan have got their talons out for the latest variety of "pet cafe", where customers pay to stroke and play with owls. (telegraph.co.uk)
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Japan home to 541,000 young recluses, survey finds

September 7, 2016 - 22:34
An estimated 541,000 people aged between 15 and 39 in Japan avoid social contact and shut themselves in their homes, according to a government survey released Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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