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Mother ignores pop idol daughter's education

January 18, 2017 - 22:00
Osaka police have referred the mother of a teenage pop performer to prosecutors on suspicion of allowing her daughter to skip school. (NHK)
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Spray toilet seat symbols to be standardized

January 18, 2017 - 08:52
Japanese manufacturers of toilet seats with warm-water sprays will standardize the pictograms on their operating buttons to help foreign tourists. (NHK)
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Bill brings ban on restaurant smoking

January 17, 2017 - 11:17
A smoking ban inside restaurants is one of the main pillars aimed at preventing damage from passive smoking in a draft revision to the Health Promotion Law, according to sources. (
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Students take unified college entrance exams

January 15, 2017 - 22:43
Students and graduates of high schools across Japan have completed the unified college entrance examinations. (NHK)
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575,966 students sit for college entrance exams across Japan

January 13, 2017 - 23:22
The National Center for University Entrance Examinations on Saturday begin two days of tests across the nation. The center said that 575,966 students-12,198 more than last year-are sitting for the exams at 691 test centers nationwide. (Japan Today)
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Japan attracting job-seeking Brazilians again

January 12, 2017 - 03:34
Another wave of Brazilians of Japanese descent is moving to Japan in search of jobs. (Jiji)
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China moves Japan war start date up to 1931 in textbooks to boost 'patriotic education'

January 12, 2017 - 00:26
China will bring forward the start date of the country's war with Japan by six years in education textbooks, a move that is expected to "strengthen patriotic education," state media reported. (Japan Times)
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Fukuoka teacher causes 3 male students to faint for harassing female student

January 10, 2017 - 03:05
A middle school teacher in the town of Soeda caused three male students to pass out by grabbing them by their shirts as punishment for harassing a female student, TV Asahi reported on Monday. (
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Public high schools to get aid for newspaper purchases

January 10, 2017 - 00:08
The government is planning to financially support libraries of public high schools across the nation to purchase newspapers, sources said. (
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Coming of Age events held across Japan

January 9, 2017 - 23:49
Monday was Coming of Age Day in Japan. Municipalities across the country held ceremonies for those turning 20 years old. (NHK)
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Koike school holds exams for Tokyo assembly poll

January 9, 2017 - 00:38
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike's private political school held examinations Saturday to screen students hoping to run in the metropolitan assembly election slated for the summer. (
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Complaints up over noise at day cares

January 9, 2017 - 00:24
About 75 percent of major local governments nationwide have received complaints from local residents who find children at day care centers to be too noisy, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun survey. (
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Scientist soars to second most popular job for Japanese boys

January 7, 2017 - 01:34
Scientist or scholar is now the second most popular job among Japanese boys, a nationwide survey of 1,100 elementary school and preschool children said Friday. (Japan Times)
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Number of new adults up slightly to 1.23 mil as of New Year's Day

December 31, 2016 - 23:49
There will be 1.23 million people age 20, Japan's legal age of adulthood, on New Year's Day 2017, up 20,000 from a year earlier, the government said Saturday. (Kyodo)
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Shogi player cleared, criticizes association

December 27, 2016 - 23:20
A top professional shogi, or Japanese chess, player has criticized the Japan Shogi Association for suspending him from official play. He was cleared of allegations of software-assisted cheating. (NHK)
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14-year-old pro shogi player beats oldest top player in debut match

December 24, 2016 - 22:18
A 14-year-old boy who is the youngest-ever professional player of shogi, a chess-like Japanese board game, beat the oldest top-ranked player in his debut Saturday. (Kyodo)
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Visual acuity of Japanese students worst on record

December 22, 2016 - 22:18
The proportions of Japanese elementary, junior high and high school students with visual acuity of less than 1.0 came to record highs of around between 30 pct and 60 pct, a fiscal 2016 health survey by the education ministry showed Thursday. (Jiji)
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Japan panel recommends English as regular primary school subject

December 21, 2016 - 19:30
A Japanese government panel on Wednesday recommended a drastic review of school subjects under the next curriculum guidelines to be implemented in stages from fiscal 2020, including the adoption of English as a regular subject for elementary school fifth- and sixth-graders. (Jiji)
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9 Fukushima evacuees experience school bullying in Kanagawa

December 19, 2016 - 23:29
At least nine children who evacuated from the northeastern prefecture of Fukushima following the 2011 nuclear accident to Kanagawa Prefecture have experienced bullying at school, a lawyer group said Monday. (Jiji)
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New law to fight bias against 'burakumin' seen falling short

December 19, 2016 - 11:49
Overshadowed by the 11th-hour furor over casino legalization and other legislation forced through the Diet by the ruling bloc last week was the enactment of a lesser-known law that has significant implications for Japan's minority burakumin. (Japan Times)
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