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Justice Ministry to weed out false refugee status applications

September 4, 2015 - 23:09
In a bid to deal with rampant cases of people falsely applying for refugee status in order to be able to work in Japan, the Justice Ministry will likely review the refugee recognition system and take strict countermeasures, including urging those judged as illegally residing in the country to leave. (The Japan News)
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Ministry proposes overhaul of immigration, asylum policies

September 3, 2015 - 23:35
The nation will try to lure additional highly skilled foreign professionals and exchange students as part of a drive to stimulate the stagnant economy, according to the latest draft of an immigration policy review compiled by the Justice Ministry. (Japan Times)
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Porn star Maria Ozawa featured in Indonesia school text

September 2, 2015 - 08:15
A school in Indonesia is in hot water for utilizing an image of a popular adult video (AV) star from Japan in teaching materials, reports weekly tabloid Shukan Jitsuwa (Sep. 3). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Japan offers online parent-child contact under Hague pact

September 1, 2015 - 23:22
Japan's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday launched an online system to help parents communicate with their children who are now with their estranged spouses under the framework of an international treaty to help settle cross-border child custody disputes. (Japan Today)
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Ministry alerting schools of survey findings to prevent child suicides

August 31, 2015 - 22:54
Child suicides tend to occur more often around the time summer vacation ends and school is about to start, according to a government survey, despite nationwide efforts to take preventive measures. (The Japan News)
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Japanese-style education systems set for other nations

August 31, 2015 - 22:52
The government plans to promote the export of Japanese-style education systems to emerging nations starting in fiscal 2016 in order to provide them with the know-how to teach discipline, develop high scholastic ability and foster practical human resources for immediate use. (The Japan News)
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Study: Japanese have the longest healthy lives

August 28, 2015 - 23:28
The Japanese have the reputation of longevity. Now, the latest studies show that they also enjoy the longest periods of healthy lives. (NHK)
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Youth climbing 'genius' Miwa Oba stars in new commercial and nearly breaks the Internet

August 26, 2015 - 23:21
Rock climbing and bouldering aren't really the first sports we associate with junior high and high school students. (
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26 natl universities to abolish humanities, social sciences

August 24, 2015 - 22:05
Nearly half of the 60 national universities with humanities and social science faculties plan to abolish those departments in the 2016 academic year or later, according to a survey conducted by The Yomiuri Shimbun. (The Japan News)
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11 children stung by wasps in Fukuoka Pref

August 23, 2015 - 22:52
Eleven children were stung by wasps while walking in a wooded area in Koge, Fukuoka Prefecture, on Sunday. (Japan Today)
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Ruins in Nara likely site of largest settlement in 4th century

August 20, 2015 - 23:34
GOSE, Nara Prefecture--Researchers are excavating what could have been one of the nation's largest settlements in the fourth century. (Asahi)
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Suicide among children tends to occur after long vacation: survey

August 18, 2015 - 22:55
Japanese children who commit suicide tend to do so shortly after taking long vacations, a government survey showed Tuesday, urging that extra attention be paid to children before the end of the summer holiday. (Kyodo)
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Women in Tokyo are cutting through stress and fat with this new 'Katana Exercise' class

August 18, 2015 - 10:34
There's a growing fitness trend in Tokyo, but it's nothing new really, being based on age-old traditions: Katana Exercise. (
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Highland scouts contract meningitis on Japan trip

August 15, 2015 - 01:18
Two scouts from the north of Scotland have contracted meningitis following a jamboree in Japan. (
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In Japan, you can climb a pile of poop and take a stroll inside a huge butt

August 13, 2015 - 23:44
Japan has always had a love affair with poop like no other country. It's no surprise that they have now come up with an interactive biology-themed exhibit called Karada no Fushigi Daibouken 2015 (literally, "The Mysterious Great Adventure of the Body 2015"), currently on display at the Saitama Super Arena just outside of Tokyo. (
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Researchers have string theory about use of ancient bells

August 13, 2015 - 10:16
Stirred and not shaken is how ancient bells may have been rung, researchers believe after discovering strings inside them for the first time in Japan. (Asahi)
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Tochigi school teacher facing disciplinary action for use of illegal drugs

August 6, 2015 - 23:03
A 54-year-old public elementary school teacher is facing disciplinary action from the Tochigi Prefectural Board of Education after it was discovered that he had been using illegal drugs. (Japan Today)
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Govt eyes new social studies subjects for high schools

August 6, 2015 - 22:43
The government is considering introducing new compulsory subjects in high schools, including in the area of social studies, partly because of a cut in the voting age to 18, it was learned Wednesday. (The Japan News)
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Nursery teacher shortage puts children at risk

August 6, 2015 - 22:42
Although there has been a dramatic increase in the number of nursery schools, there is a shortage of teachers to staff those schools. In addition to problems in the classroom arising from inexperienced teachers, nursery schools are also limiting the number of children they take in, putting a further strain on what is already a growing waiting list nationwide. (The Japan News)
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232 job-hunting Japan students suffer from 'owahara'

July 30, 2015 - 23:07
The number of students in Japan pressured by companies to end their job-hunting activities this year in exchange for informal job offers stood at 232 as of July 1, a survey by the education ministry showed Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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