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Bullying keeps youth suicides high in Japan

April 26, 2017 - 11:45
Schoolyard bullying has long bedeviled Japan where some students have taken their own lives after being harassed in person or online through emails, text messages and blogs. (Japan Today)
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High court rejects appeal by teachers refused work for not standing and singing national anthem

April 26, 2017 - 11:40
The Tokyo High Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by three former school teachers who claimed it was unreasonable they were banned from working part time after retirement because they had in the past refused to stand and sing the national anthem. (Japan Times)
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Princess Kako to study at University of Leeds from Sept

April 24, 2017 - 22:34
Princess Kako, a granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, will study at the University of Leeds in Britain from September this year to June next year as an exchange student, the Imperial Household Agency said Monday. (Japan Today)
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Nagoya group looks to spread jump rope 'culture' to the world

April 24, 2017 - 09:26
In Aichi Prefecture, the nation's top producing region of jump ropes, efforts are being made to promote the sport at home and abroad. (Japan Times)
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Record number of minors fall victim to crime via social media

April 21, 2017 - 00:25
Japan again saw a record number of minors falling victim to crimes such as molestation through the use of social media last year, with many of those affected having had unrestricted Internet access, police data released Thursday showed. (Japan Today)
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60 Pct of Japan junior high 2nd-graders hate studying: survey

April 21, 2017 - 00:08
A survey has found that the proportion of children in Japan who dislike studying surges after they enter junior high schools, reaching some 60 pct in their second year. (Jiji)
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Japan's 15-year-olds struggle with life satisfaction, OECD survey finds

April 19, 2017 - 23:37
Japanese 15-year-olds may top their international peers in science and math, but when it comes to a sense of satisfaction with their lives, they rank near the bottom, according to a first-ever global assessment of student well-being released Wednesday by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. (Japan Times)
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Hitler autobiography 'Mein Kampf' joins Imperial Rescript's return to classrooms

April 15, 2017 - 23:45
The government has decided to tolerate the use of Adolf Hitler's autobiography "Mein Kampf" ("My Struggle") as teaching material in schools. (Japan Times)
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Chiba murder suspect talked to victim while on school patrol, sources say

April 15, 2017 - 23:44
The man arrested over the death of a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl in Chiba Prefecture had been seen talking to the victim while he was on patrol duty near her school, investigative sources said Saturday. (Japan Times)
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Long-term psychological care needed for Kumamoto kids

April 13, 2017 - 23:12
Long-term psychological care is needed for children in Kumamoto Prefecture, where new stress cases are still emerging one year after the powerful earthquakes in and near the southwestern Japan prefecture, teachers and psychologists say. (Jiji)
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Girl, 3, found choked on Kagawa nursery monkey bar is revived

April 13, 2017 - 05:36
A 3-year-old girl who had stopped breathing after being choked by the handles on a monkey bar Wednesday at a nursery in Kagawa Prefecture later recovered in a hospital and started to breath by herself. (Japan Times)
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Infant botulism claims 6-month-old Tokyo boy who was fed honey

April 10, 2017 - 21:51
A 6-month-old boy in Adachi Ward, Tokyo, died late last month of infant botulism after his family fed him honey, according to the metropolitan government. (Japan Times)
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Princess Aiko enters high school

April 9, 2017 - 01:06
Princess Aiko, the only child of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, marked the beginning of her high school education Saturday by attending the entrance ceremony for the private Tokyo institution where she will spend the next three years. (Japan Times)
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Allowances drop for private college students

April 6, 2017 - 23:10
Monthly allowances given by parents to students who entered private colleges in the Tokyo metropolitan area last spring dropped for the 16th straight year, a survey showed Wednesday. (
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Osaka 1st Japan city to recognize same-sex couple as foster parents

April 5, 2017 - 22:02
The city of Osaka has officially recognized a same-sex couple as foster parents, becoming the first municipality in Japan to do so, local and central government officials said Wednesday, as efforts are being made to eliminate discrimination against sexual minorities. (Kyodo)
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Japanese students' English skills far below govt targets

April 5, 2017 - 21:56
Students at public junior high and high schools across Japan have English proficiency levels far below targets set by the government, the education ministry said in a fiscal 2016 survey on Wednesday. (Jiji)
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60% of sexual minorities bullied at school, survey finds

April 5, 2017 - 12:22
Despite growing support nationally for added LGBT protection in recent years, nearly 60 percent of sexual minorities have been bullied at school, according to a recent online survey that also found teachers did not help end the intimidation. (Japan Times)
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University of Tokyo leads new Japan ranking of higher education institutions

April 4, 2017 - 21:31
The University of Tokyo was crowned the nation's top university for teaching and learning environments in a first-ever Japan ranking by the Times Higher Education (THE) magazine, with Tohoku University in Miyagi Prefecture coming in second and Kyoto University placing third. (Japan Times)
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Japan LDP discussing how to widen range of free education

April 3, 2017 - 21:55
Discussions have gained momentum in Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party over how to widen the range of education provided free of tuition, since a new proposal was floated last week. (Jiji)
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Japan adopts measures to protect young women against sex crimes

March 31, 2017 - 22:38
The Japanese government on Friday adopted a package of emergency measures to prevent young women from falling prey to sex crimes such as being forced to appear in porn videos. (Jiji)
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