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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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Kanji scratched into clay tiles in Nara some of oldest writing found in Japan

July 29, 2015 - 23:21
Kanji written on clay tiles discovered in Nara Prefecture, some of the oldest writing ever found in Japan, is currently on display to the public. (Asahi)
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General MacArthur's Tokyo office shown to public

July 29, 2015 - 23:01
A Tokyo office used by General Douglas MacArthur is being shown to the public. MacArthur was supreme commander of the allied forces in Japan after World War Two. (NHK)
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School personnel work 10 hours a day

July 28, 2015 - 23:04
School personnel working at primary or middle schools spend 10 to 13 hours at school per day on average, with an extra two hours of work at home, an education ministry survey revealed Monday. (The Japan News)
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School: Bullying tied to suicide

July 27, 2015 - 22:24
An investigation report from a middle school in Iwate Prefecture acknowledged on Sunday that bullying is considered to have partly contributed to the suicide of a 13-year-old male student at the school earlier this month. (The Japan News)
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Documentary lifts the lid on the dark side of Japan's 'schoolgirl culture'

July 21, 2015 - 07:02
A Japanese woman has bravely revealed the dark side of the country's schoolgirl culture after she was recruited to go on 'walking dates' with adult men - before being coerced into prostitution as a teen. (
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Comedian Matayoshi wins Akutagawa literature award

July 16, 2015 - 23:29
Comedian Naoki Matayoshi has won the 153rd Akutagawa Prize, a prestigious literature award in Japan, becoming the first active comedian to be awarded the prize for rookie authors, the selection committee said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Chiba geisha's self-published book on her disappearing profession a sellout

July 13, 2015 - 12:58
Despite being self-published, a book passing down the history and traditions of the last of the prefecture's geisha that remain here has sold out all 500 copies in only a month. (Asahi)
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Teacher forces 96 students to kneel for 20 minutes as punishment for being late

July 12, 2015 - 01:03
A Tokyo school teacher made 96 high school students kneel for 20 minutes in the plaza outside the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building in May, officials said Saturday. (Japan Today)
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Boy hit and killed by train left note saying he was bullied

July 9, 2015 - 00:40
A 13-year-old boy who was hit and killed by a train in Yahaba, Iwate Prefecture, left a note in which he said he had been the victim of bullying at school. (Japan Today)
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Residence card swap deadline brings crowds to immigration centers

July 9, 2015 - 00:37
Foreign residents flocked to immigration centers Wednesday in a last-minute rush to replace now-defunct certificates of alien registration with new residence cards. (Japan Times)
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Fifth disease inflection in Japan hits 2nd worst level in over 10 years

July 9, 2015 - 00:28
The number of people suffering fifth disease, or slapped cheek syndrome, in Japan hit the second highest level in more than 10 years in the week that ended on June 28, according to data compiled by the National Institute of Infectious Diseases. (Jiji Press)
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Artist says her vagina creations confront a Japanese taboo

July 5, 2015 - 00:24
Megumi Igarashi's 'vagina art' appears playful, but Japan's prosecutors and fuming feminists aren't laughing. It's because only men are allowed to express sexual desire, academic says (
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5 students arrested over death of classmate in Ibaraki

July 4, 2015 - 23:57
Two more students have been arrested over the death of a student in Hitachiota City, Ibaraki Prefecture, bringing the total number of arrests in the case to five, police said. (Japan Today)
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Head lice occurrence on rise

June 29, 2015 - 23:27
Head lice infestations - which often cause severe itching - have been spreading among nursery school and primary school pupils. (The Japan News)
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Certification system planned for overseas chefs of Japanese food

June 29, 2015 - 09:53
Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries plans to establish a system to certify the skills of chefs who cook Japanese food abroad. (Jiji Press)
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Parents say dismissal of kids from nurseries during postnatal leave illegal

June 25, 2015 - 22:53
A group of parents in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, eastern Japan, on Thursday filed a petition with a local court against the municipal government's new rule to dismiss children from nurseries when their parents take postnatal leave after their younger brothers or sisters are born. (Jiji Press)
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10,000 textbooks recalled over 3-armed girl illustration

June 25, 2015 - 22:47
Publisher Sanseido KK is recalling 10,000 Japanese textbooks, which are used by many elementary schools in Tokyo, after an illustration showing a girl with three arms was mistakenly printed. (Japan Today)
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Waseda University finds data leak six months after cyberattacks

June 23, 2015 - 05:27
Waseda University said Monday it took about half a year before it discovered personal data on roughly 3,300 officials and students had leaked via cyberattacks. (Japan Times)
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Kennedy encourages students heading to US

June 19, 2015 - 23:23
US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy has encouraged Japanese heading for studies at US universities to become ambassadors to further advance bilateral ties. (NHK)
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