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Finance Ministry wants to squeeze more children into classrooms, close elementary schools

October 23, 2014 - 14:51
The Finance Ministry will ask the education ministry to increase the maximum number of students per class for first-graders at public elementary schools to 40, from the current 35, in a bid to cut the education budget for next year, it has been learned. (Japan Times)
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Science Olympiad results now factor in college admissions

October 20, 2014 - 23:24
Students' performances at International Science Olympiads (ISO), a series of worldwide science competitions for students not yet in higher education, are now being considered as important information for university entrance decisions. (The Japan News)
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Bullying at Japan elementary schools rises to record high

October 16, 2014 - 22:11
Bullying at elementary schools in Japan increased to a record high of 118,805 cases in fiscal 2013, exceeding 100,000 for the second consecutive year, the education ministry said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Internet addiction rising in Japan

October 15, 2014 - 22:23
A panel of experts in Japan says more than 4.2 million people in the country are addicted to the internet. (NHK)
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Flaws in the family registry system

October 15, 2014 - 12:27
There are thousands of people in Japan who are not listed on a family register. Such people face various difficulties, given that the family register is an official document that certifies individuals' basic legal status, including Japanese nationality, and also lists their birth date, marital status and date of death. (Japan Times)
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Boys' ball-throwing ability declines 6 meters in 50 years

October 14, 2014 - 22:53
Ten-year-old boys 50 years ago could throw a softball six meters farther than boys of that age today, the sports ministry's annual survey on physical strength and athletic ability revealed. (The Japan News)
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New daycare centers held up by residents opposing noisy kids

October 12, 2014 - 22:33
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to help women juggle work and family are hitting a roadblock: opposition to building new daycare centers from residents who fear noise from children playing will spoil their quiet neighborhoods. (Japan Today)
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English teachers draw on Malala's words

October 12, 2014 - 00:11
Inspired by her campaign for "education for every child," teachers around Japan have used the words and activities of 17-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai to teach English. Now they are celebrating her winning of the Nobel Peace Prize. (The Japan News)
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Waseda to strip Obokata of doctorate unless dissertation corrected

October 7, 2014 - 22:28
Waseda University said Tuesday it will strip embattled researcher Haruko Obokata of her doctorate unless she corrects her dissertation, following her involvement in a scandal earlier this year related to research on so-called STAP cells. (Kyodo)
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What's wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair…

October 4, 2014 - 01:47
When you speak to foreign English educators in Japan, one thing becomes crystal clear: English education in Japan isn't working. (rocketnews24.com)
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Todai keeps No. 23 world ranking

October 2, 2014 - 22:08
The University of Tokyo maintained its position in global university rankings at 23rd, but four other Japanese universities in the top 200 saw their rankings drop from 2013, according to the British magazine Times Higher Education. (The Japan News)
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Swiss court returns boy under Hague pact

October 2, 2014 - 22:05
An American father living in Switzerland was ordered by a Swiss court in late September to return his child to the Japanese mother residing in Japan under the Hague Convention, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News)
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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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