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Improperly run Japanese language schools may lose license under new rules

July 20, 2016 - 23:37
The government will introduce new rules on running Japanese language schools to eliminate poorly managed ones and keep the educational quality at an adequate level, sources said Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Bilingual guidebook to help LGBT community in natural disasters

July 20, 2016 - 10:26
A bilingual guideline designed for sexual minorities during times of natural disasters has been published in a bid to raise public awareness about problems they may face at emergency shelters. (Japan Times)
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Convenience store worker who moonlights as novelist wins prestigious Akutagawa Prize

July 19, 2016 - 22:33
A 36-year-old part-time convenience store employee has won the 155th Akutagawa Prize, a prestigious literary award, for a book that explores life in and around convenience stores, the selection committee announced. (Japan Times)
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3 Japanese high schoolers win International Physics Olympic gold

July 18, 2016 - 11:37
Japanese high school students won three gold medals in the International Physics Olympiad, or IphO, the education ministry has said. (Jiji Press)
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Japan's once-spartan school lunches go upscale in big ways

July 17, 2016 - 22:14
In the years immediately following the war, the school lunch program adopted in Japan's public schools spawned a generation of well-nourished children, and must be credited at least in part for helping to double life expectancy figures since 1945. (Japan Today)
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Education minister comments on listing

July 17, 2016 - 22:01
Japan's Education Minister Hiroshi Hase says the government is pleased that UNESCO has recognized buildings designed by Le Corbusier as important assets from the 20th century. (NHK)
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Student sets Japanese record for scaling 7 peaks

July 12, 2016 - 05:20
A 19-year-old university student has become the youngest Japanese to scale the highest peaks on each of the 7 continents. (NHK)
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Cracks are appearing in Japan's 'healthy' image

July 10, 2016 - 00:20
Few people snack on baby carrots. Most prefer the sweet, fat, high-calorie fare colloquially known as junk food. (Japan Times)
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Bronze pieces may be from Kinkakuji temple tower

July 8, 2016 - 22:49
Researchers say pieces of bronze excavated from the Kinkakuji compound in Kyoto are believed to be from its 7-story tower that no longer exists. The former home of the shogun is known in English as the Golden Pavilion Temple. (NHK)
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Teacher pay cut over anthem backed

July 7, 2016 - 23:15
The Osaka District Court on Wednesday backed a cut in a then high school teacher's salary for her refusal to stand during the singing of the national anthem at her school's graduation ceremony in March 2013. (
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Fukushima cops: Teacher flashed female employee at pachinko parlor

July 6, 2016 - 10:20
Fukushima Prefectural Police have arrested a 51-year-old male teacher for allegedly exposing himself inside a pachinko parlor in Iwaki City, reports Fuji News Network (July 6). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Chiyoda Ward officials tackle English with tailored learning material

July 3, 2016 - 00:35
The Chiyoda Ward government in Tokyo has developed its own English language learning material, with the aim of improving the English proficiency of all officials of the ward office ahead of the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. (
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First Japan rep elected to U.N. child rights panel

June 30, 2016 - 22:49
Lawyer Mikiko Otani on Thursday became the first Japanese independent expert to be elected to the United Nations' Committee on the Rights of the Child. (Japan Today)
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Cords for window blinds can be dangerous for kids

June 29, 2016 - 23:02
Officials at Japan's Consumer Affairs Agency say from 2010 to 2014 three young children died after getting caught in cords from the window blinds. (NHK)
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Plan to digitize textbooks raises concerns / Parents worried over health impact on kids, cost of tablets

June 28, 2016 - 21:50
The digitization of textbooks in primary, middle and high schools will be allowed from the 2020 school year, according to an interim report released on June 2 by a panel of education ministry experts. (
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Japan to define workplace LGBT discrimination as sexual harassment

June 28, 2016 - 11:54
The labor ministry has decided to name discrimination against sexual minorities as a form of harassment in guidelines for employers. (Japan Times)
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17-year-old suspected of hacking school systems

June 27, 2016 - 07:02
A 17-year-old boy arrested for uploading illegal software is suspected of hacking into the computer system of Saga Prefecture's board of education. (NHK)
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More schools introducing modern, fashionable uniforms

June 25, 2016 - 23:00
For most image-conscious high school students forced to wear old-fashioned school uniforms, opinions about the outfits ranged from disdain to horror, but now some schools in Japan are introducing modern, fashionable uniform designs which are actually proving an attraction to new students. (Japan Today)
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Think kids spend too much time on smartphones? Clever Japanese tweet will make you think again

June 23, 2016 - 06:07
Infographic argues that today's youth really isn't so different from the pre-smartphone generation. (
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Children without primary school education can enter middle school

June 21, 2016 - 22:18
The government has decided to let children who have not finished primary school due to "special circumstances" enter middle school, something that was previously not permitted. (
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