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Teachers awarded compensation for being forced to sing national anthem

May 27, 2015 - 03:22
A Japanese court has awarded 537 million yen in compensation to a group of teachers who were punished for refusing to sing the country's anthem, the group said Tuesday as it condemned nationalism in education. (Japan Today)
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Kita Ward's speech conversion system debuts

May 26, 2015 - 23:25
Rie Saito, a member of Tokyo's Kita Ward Assembly, can now join debates after the assembly put into operation Tuesday a speech conversion system for people with hearing difficulties. (The Japan News)
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Advanced Eiken levels elude almost half of high school English teachers

May 25, 2015 - 05:15
Only a little over a half of English teachers at public high schools are certified with advanced levels of English proficiency tests, and less than 30 percent of those at junior high schools are qualified likewise, according to an education ministry survey released Monday. (Japan Times)
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Rakuten forges ahead in English

May 24, 2015 - 08:19
E-commerce giant Rakuten has managed to do what the educational system apparently can't - get Japanese people to speak English competently. After years of Rakuten building the English level of its employees, Chief Executive Officer Hiroshi Mikitani noted recently that the effort has finally paid off. (Japan Times)
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Teacher reprimanded for taking fingerprints of 6th grade class

May 18, 2015 - 23:17
An elementary school teacher in Tachikawa, Tokyo, faces disciplinary action after it was learned that he had taken the fingerprints of every child in his sixth grade class. (Japan Today)
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Kanpai! Japanese sweet sake found to have beauty benefits

May 18, 2015 - 09:45
It seems like every time you look, there's some sort of new fad diet or superfood, all purported to be the best thing you can do for your health or to improve your natural beauty. But the good news is, this one's actually fun to partake in. (
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Japanese high schools win prizes at intl model U.N. conference

May 17, 2015 - 22:51
Two Japanese high schools received awards at the 2015 Global Classrooms International Model United Nations Conference held in New York last week. (The Japan News)
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Roses with tie to Anne Frank still bloom at Tokyo school after 40 years

May 16, 2015 - 00:37
At Takaido Junior High School in Tokyo's Suginami Ward, about 150 roses are now fully in bloom on both sides of a passage from the front gate of the school to a school building. (Asahi)
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LDP panel proposes new teacher recruitment system

May 16, 2015 - 00:19
An Education Ministry sub-committee on education reform set up by the government has recommended changing the way teachers are hired and trained. (Japan Today)
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Japan's oldest basil pollen found in Nara ruins may have been 'medicine' from China

May 14, 2015 - 23:40
Basil pollen from the time of the legendary shaman queen Himiko has been discovered at the site that might once have been her home. (Asahi)
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LDP panel proposes national exam for would-be teachers

May 12, 2015 - 22:50
A task force of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party proposed Tuesday the introduction of national examinations for prospective teachers of elementary, junior high and high schools to enhance teachers' qualifications. (Jiji Press)
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Foreigners account for 80 pct of Japan nighttime junior high students

May 9, 2015 - 00:21
Foreign nationals account for some 80 pct of students at Japan's public nighttime junior high schools, an education ministry survey showed Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan's child population hits record low of 16.17 million

May 5, 2015 - 03:26
The number of children under 15 years of age hit a record low of 16.17 million in Japan as of April 1, marking the 34th straight year of decrease, the government estimated Monday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan schools urged to care for children with gender dysphoria

April 30, 2015 - 23:18
Japan's education ministry instructed schools across the country Thursday to make sure children with gender identity disorder do not experience difficulties in their school lives. (Jiji Press)
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School principal arrested for breaking into woman's apartment

April 30, 2015 - 23:11
A 59-year-old junior high school principal has been arrested for breaking into a woman's apartment in Tokyo's Adachi Ward, police said Thursday. (Japan Today)
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First ladies visit Japanese class at primary school

April 29, 2015 - 22:41
The first ladies of Japan and the United States visited a primary school near Washington on Tuesday and observed a class conducted in Japanese. (The Japan News)
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In Japan, schools so small they can't even form soccer teams resist the ax

April 19, 2015 - 22:25
AONE, Japan - In the historic wooden schoolhouse here, decked out in the kind of bright artwork done by kids the world over, there are two classrooms, each containing three desks that sit marooned in the middle of a space made for many more. At break time, a boy kicks a soccer ball around the yard by himself. (
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Japan's population down 4th straight year

April 17, 2015 - 13:00
Japan's government says the country's population continues to decrease and become grayer. (NHK)
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Number of minors abused by social media contacts hits record high

April 16, 2015 - 12:11
A record high number of children were abused after contact via social media last year, with the vast majority becoming victims of underage sex or child pornography. (Japan Times)
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Geisha lessons teach the art of glamor and graceful behavior

April 16, 2015 - 07:54
Many women of various ages are visiting shops and studios in Kyoto that offer lessons on how to dress and behave like maiko, the young entertainers of Kyoto's hanamachi entertainment districts known for their beautiful clothing, glamorous white makeup and graceful behavior. (
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