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Man arrested after entering elementary school with knife

December 18, 2014 - 08:33
Police in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, have arrested a 49-year-old man after he entered an elementary school, brandishing four folding knives. (Japan Today)
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Kyoto's geisha, maiko learn how to ward off attackers

December 18, 2014 - 08:31
Dozens of geisha and their apprentice "maiko" took a class in the art of self-defense for protection against unwelcome attention while walking alone on dark, deserted streets at night. (Asahi)
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10-year-old boy slashed while walking home in Aichi

December 16, 2014 - 06:48
A 10-year-old boy sustained minor injuries after an unknown man attacked him with a knife in Kita-Nagoya on Monday afternoon. (Japan Today)
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Japan high school student job-securing rate hits 20-year high

December 13, 2014 - 08:50
The proportion of high school students in Japan who had been promised employment next spring as of the end of October topped 70 pct for the first time in 20 years, an education ministry survey showed Friday. (Jiji Press)
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No. of kidnappings involving children under 13 exceeds 100 for first time in 9 years

December 13, 2014 - 01:38
The number of kidnapping cases involving children 13 years old and younger this year has exceeded 100 cases for the first time in 9 years. (Japan Today)
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Kanji of the year

December 13, 2014 - 00:43
Seihan Mori, head priest of Kyoto's Kiyomizudera temple, writes the kanji "zei," meaning "tax," in calligraphy on Friday at the temple. (The Japan News)
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Over 40% of students: Rarely use English in future

December 11, 2014 - 22:49
Fluency in English is high on the agenda for Japan's education policy of fostering individuals who can play an active role internationally. (NHK)
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Residents complain over noise at day care centers in Tokyo

December 10, 2014 - 00:29
Efforts to eliminate the number of children on a waiting list to enroll in day care centers in central Tokyo have been met with complaints from local residents who find children too noisy. (The Japan News)
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Letters by 16th-century warlords Nobunaga, Hideyoshi found in Kobe

December 10, 2014 - 00:06
Letters written by Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582) and Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-1598), two leading warlords in feudal Japan, have been found in a private residence here, Kobe University said Dec. 8. (Asahi)
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Rate of increase in overweight men stops rising in Japan

December 9, 2014 - 23:55
The proportion of obese adult men has remained almost unchanged in recent years in Japan, a survey by the health ministry revealed Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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34 students suffer food poisoning after eating clam chowder

December 9, 2014 - 08:23
Health officials in Hachioji, Tokyo, said Monday that a group of school students suffered food poisoning after eating clam chowder. (Japan Today)
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Despite apparent healthy diet, Japanese consume too much salt

December 8, 2014 - 22:12
While the Japanese diet is viewed across the world as one of the healthiest, alarm bells are sounding over the amount of salt used in some dishes. (Asahi)
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Children return to Canada, 2nd departure from Japan under Hague pact

December 6, 2014 - 04:46
Two children who were brought to Japan by their Japanese mother returned to their home in Canada last month under a treaty settling cross-border custody disputes, Foreign Ministry officials said Friday. (Kyodo)
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Man attacks schoolgirl, cuts her hair

December 6, 2014 - 04:25
Police in Izumiotsu City, Osaka Prefecture, said Friday they are looking for a man who attacked a junior high schoolgirl and cut off her ponytail. (Japan Today)
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Japanese town axes milk from school lunches, debate likely to wage until cows come home

December 6, 2014 - 03:57
Many Japanese people associate the drink with their childhood, since it’s been served in elementary schools for decades. (
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Kindergarten to pay Y60 million over 3/11 tsunami deaths

December 4, 2014 - 22:46
A kindergarten in a tsunami-hit city in the northeast has agreed to pay Y60 million in damages and offer an apology after four children died when its bus was swamped by tsunami in March 2011, the families of the victims said. (Japan Times)
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Princess Aiko celebrates 13th birthday amid a flurry of schoolwork

December 1, 2014 - 08:27
Princess Aiko, the only daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, marked her 13th birthday on Dec. 1. (Asahi)
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Fukui children top fitness test for 6th year

November 30, 2014 - 22:06
Primary and middle school children in Fukui Prefecture have achieved the best scores among all 47 prefectures in physical strength and athletic ability tests, the education ministry has announced. (The Japan News)
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Osaka mayor weighs in on school lunch debate

November 29, 2014 - 22:22
He's known for his outspoken and often controversial opinions, from saying that civil servants who have tattoos should resign, to denying the forcible recruitment of South Korean "comfort women" during the second world war. (Japan Today)
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Japan to miss nursery capacity target in FY 2017

November 28, 2014 - 22:57
Japan is likely to miss its target for reducing the number of children on waiting lists for nursery schools in the country to zero in fiscal 2017, a government estimate showed Friday. (Jiji Press)
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