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Number of minors abused by social media contacts hits record high

April 16, 2015 - 12:11
A record high number of children were abused after contact via social media last year, with the vast majority becoming victims of underage sex or child pornography. (Japan Times)
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Geisha lessons teach the art of glamor and graceful behavior

April 16, 2015 - 07:54
Many women of various ages are visiting shops and studios in Kyoto that offer lessons on how to dress and behave like maiko, the young entertainers of Kyoto's hanamachi entertainment districts known for their beautiful clothing, glamorous white makeup and graceful behavior. (
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Japan’s low carb consumption makes it lightest of all G8 nations

April 16, 2015 - 07:51
An analysis of the G8 nations has highlighted striking differences in calories and other macronutrients purchased from packaged food in these countries with Mediterranean and Japanese diets being the healthiest, according to Euromonitor. (
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Ambassador Kennedy visits English class in Tokyo

April 14, 2015 - 13:10
US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy visited a Tokyo elementary school on Tuesday, and read poems with children during an English lesson. (NHK)
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22 Japanese high school students shoplift in S. Korea

April 10, 2015 - 23:26
South Korean police said Friday that 22 Japanese high school students belonging to a soccer club have been charged with shoplifting some 70 items worth 2.52 million won, at a shopping mall in Seoul. (Jiji Press)
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How Ken Watanabe polished the King's speech for 'King and I'

April 9, 2015 - 23:55
For weeks, my spies in Siam were telling me that nobody at "The King and I" could understand a word Ken Watanabe was saying. And when I say nobody, I mean nobody - from the actors to the audience to the ushers. (
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Boy entering all-girls high school creates real-life harem anime

April 9, 2015 - 23:32
Any guy who's watched a harem anime before - one where a single male is surrounded by many women - has probably giggled to himself about what it would be like to be in a similar situation himself. (
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New high school opens in nuclear crisis-hit area in Fukushima

April 8, 2015 - 22:43
A new high school opened on Wednesday in an area near Japan's worst nuclear accident site, in Fukushima Prefecture, aiming partly to develop human resources who can help promote reconstruction of the northeastern Japan prefecture. (Jiji Press)
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Ex-school head in Yokohama arrested

April 8, 2015 - 22:33
A former head of a municipal junior high school in Yokohama was arrested on Wednesday for taking photos of his sexual acts with a teenage girl in Manila in or around early January 2014. (The Japan News)
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70% of foreign applicants decline attending Todai

April 7, 2015 - 23:23
Seventy percent of foreign students who passed the entrance examination of the University of Tokyo's College of Arts and Sciences for a special course to start in the autumn of the 2014 school year declined to enroll, it has been learned. (The Japan News)
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13-year-old boy jumps to death from tower in Niigata

April 6, 2015 - 23:15
A 13-year-old boy apparently jumped to his death from a communications tower in a field in Gosen, Niigata Prefecture, on Monday morning. (Japan Today)
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Classroom controversy: Japanese textbooks toe government line on disputed islands

April 6, 2015 - 23:00
For the first time, all middle-school social studies textbooks in Japan will refer to the Senkaku Islands and Takeshima, adhering to guidelines that insist they be described as Japanese territory, an education ministry review shows. (Nikkei)
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Parents' liability in fatal accident examined

April 5, 2015 - 23:24
The question of whether parents should be held liable for accidents caused by their children has been raised ahead of a Supreme Court ruling to be made Thursday in a closely watched case involving an elderly man's death. (The Japan News)
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Disappointing levels of English

March 29, 2015 - 00:05
The education ministry reported last month that high school English-proficiency scores fell far short of its goals. (Japan Times)
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Japan repatriates 8 children in 1st year under Hague abduction treaty

March 28, 2015 - 02:27
Japan has repatriated eight children to or from other countries in the year since it joined the Hague Convention on child abductions, according to the Foreign Ministry. (Asahi)
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Japan to work with foreign entities in Hague Convention

March 26, 2015 - 22:08
The Foreign Ministry plans to introduce a system in which the arbitration entities of Japan and other countries will cooperate in meeting the demands of parents overseas, such as in the return of, and meeting with, their children in international child custody disputes. (The Japan News)
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Chiba school apologizes after teacher buries kittens alive

March 25, 2015 - 07:14
The principal of a school in Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, has apologized after a teacher buried five newborn kittens, four of which were still alive, on school grounds. (Japan Today)
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High school teacher arrested for drunk driving

March 23, 2015 - 22:57
Police in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, have arrested a 54-year-old high school teacher for driving under the influence of alcohol. (Japan Today)
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Japan, U.S. First Ladies promote girls' education

March 19, 2015 - 11:29
Speaking at a Japan-U.S. event held Thursday in Tokyo, visiting U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and Akie Abe, the wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, called for support to promote the education of girls around the world. (Jiji Press)
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70% of 3rd-year high school students' English at 'middle school level'

March 18, 2015 - 23:38
The education ministry surveyed third-year high school students by examining four English language skills of listening, writing, speaking and reading, and revealed Tuesday that even in their strongest subject - reading - about 73 percent hovered at the middle school level. (The Japan News)
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