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Human pyramid accidents on rise

September 27, 2014 - 01:35
Students had more than 6,500 accidents while doing "human pyramid" gymnastic formations at primary schools in fiscal 2012, a public organization promoting sports found recently. (The Japan News)
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Japanese children's cartoon Crayon Shin-chan branded pornography

September 24, 2014 - 23:57
With his penchant for mooning and blurting out risqué spoonerisms, Crayon Shin-chan has delighted Japanese children, and infuriated their parents, for more than two decades. (The Guardian)
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Kyoto U. ranks No. 2 in iPS research

September 24, 2014 - 23:18
Among world institutions influential on research into induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, Kyoto University has been ranked second - behind only Harvard University - in a field that is rapidly capturing global attention. (The Japan News)
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Tsukuba University climbs to 13th in global new university rankings

September 24, 2014 - 14:11
The University of Tsukuba has been rated the 13th best new university worldwide, in a ranking that compares the merits of such institutions set up within the past 50 years. (Japan Times)
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College serves students fish that can cause uncontrollable bowel movements

September 24, 2014 - 10:23
A college here promised to never again feed students a deep-sea fish that can trigger uncontrollable bowel movements and has been banned from markets since causing a food-poisoning outbreak in 1970. (Asahi)
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ALTs to be placed in all primary schools

September 22, 2014 - 23:25
The government has decided to increase the number of Assistant Language Teachers considerably over a five-year period, starting from the next school year, to strengthen English education at primary schools. (The Japan News)
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Harvard class to use ANA as case study

September 22, 2014 - 22:46
A marketing class at Harvard Business School will use ANA Holding Inc.'s corporate strategy of changing its ways of thinking and flexibly responding to changing business environments to successfully overtake a leading rival as a case study, it has been learned. (The Japan News)
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Govt to help streamline public primary, middle schools

September 21, 2014 - 01:29
The education ministry will help promote consolidation of public primary and middle schools facing falls in the number of students, informed sources said. (The Japan News)
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51 children die from abuse

September 20, 2014 - 00:42
Fifty-one children died in 49 abuse cases in Japan in fiscal 2012, excluding deaths from murder-suicide cases, with both numbers falling by seven from the preceding year, a Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry report showed Friday. (The Japan News)
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Princess Mako leaves for one year of study in England

September 17, 2014 - 07:03
Princess Mako, 22, the oldest daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, left Haneda airport on Wednesday morning for London to begin one year of study in England. (Japan Today)
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Japan's Korean schools being squeezed by rising tensions with Pyongyang

September 15, 2014 - 23:31
Tensions between North Korea and Japan are threatening the survival of this and dozens of other Korean schools. (
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Y360,000 stolen from 80 students at two Chiba high schools

September 11, 2014 - 23:04
Police in Chiba are investigating a series of thefts at two high schools in which 80 students were robbed of a total of Y360,000. (Japan Today)
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Princess Kako leaves Gakushuin Univ.

September 11, 2014 - 22:33
Princess Kako dropped out of Gakushuin University in Tokyo at the end of August in the hope of entering another university, it was learned Thursday. (The Japan News)
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Japan 40th out of 48 in average TOEIC scores

September 11, 2014 - 00:14
Japan placed 40th among 48 nations and regions in the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) in 2013, another year of bottom-scraping rankings for the country, according to test organizers. (Asahi)
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Japan stays bottom in public spending on education: OECD

September 9, 2014 - 11:13
Japan remained bottom among 32 comparable Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development member states in public spending on education in 2011, an OECD survey showed Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Half of single-mother households in Japan below poverty line, among worst in OECD rankings

September 9, 2014 - 00:15
What young mother would be so heartless as to entrust the lives of her two young sons into the care of a baby sitter, a stranger, hired sight unseen over the Internet? (Asahi)
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In India, a rush to preserve memories of the Battle of Imphal

September 7, 2014 - 00:20
IMPHAL, India--Rusting helmets and rifles, water canteens with kanji characters and photos of loved ones: They are among the few relics of the Battle of Imphal, fought here 70 years ago at a cost of more than 30,000 Japanese lives. (Asahi)
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Edo Period bridge passes 'heavy' high school student test

September 6, 2014 - 00:02
Bridge builders and artisans who toiled under the rule of the Tokugawa Shogunate designed spans that were more than just aesthetically pleasing--they were built to last and endure heavy loads. (Asahi)
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Japan suicide rate ranked 4th among high-income countries, WHO report says

September 5, 2014 - 23:25
About 803,900 people worldwide are estimated to have killed themselves in 2012, a World Health Organization report revealed Thursday. (The Japan News)
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Private universities in Japan: A race to the bottom?

September 4, 2014 - 05:34
In pursuing quantity over quality, struggling Japanese universities may be setting themselves up for disaster. (The Diplomat)
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