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Google Doodle celebrates the birthday of Japan's blind scholar Hanawa Hokiichi

June 23, 2017 - 23:47
Hanawa Hokiichi, Japan's revered blind scholar and Buddhist monk of the Edo-era, was born on this date a full 271 years ago. A Google Doodle appearing in the country Friday shows the savant seated next to a kneeling student, with dreams of books floating above his head - alluding to his reputation as a font of wisdom. (Time)
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Teaching manual refers to top law revision steps

June 22, 2017 - 23:05
The Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry on Wednesday released a manual for the country's new curriculum guidelines, asking junior high school teachers for the first time to have students understand procedures for constitutional revisions. (
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249 music school operators sue JASRAC over copyright fees

June 21, 2017 - 22:30
A total of 249 music school operators in Japan have launched a group lawsuit against music copyright management body JASRAC's plan to collect royalties on music played in lesson time. (Jiji)
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Junior high students rip elementary English as ‘useless’: survey

June 21, 2017 - 11:56
Around half of junior high school students have called the English skills they acquired in elementary schools “useless,” according to recent findings by education services provider Benesse Holdings Inc. (Japan Times)
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Osaka cops nab teacher in attempted arson at kindergarten

June 18, 2017 - 09:41
Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested a 31-year-old teacher in an alleged attempted arson case at a kindergarten in Miyakojima Ward last month, reports TBS News (
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56 percent of Japanese take paternity leave soon after birth

June 16, 2017 - 22:28
A government survey showed Friday that 55.9 pct of Japanese men took child care leave within two months after their wives gave birth. (Jiji)
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Two deaths at Kawasaki kindergarten prompt fears of infectious disease

June 15, 2017 - 15:07
Two children who attended the same preschool in Kawasaki died within a week earlier this month, possibly due to an infectious disease, city officials said. (Japan Times)
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Wild boar pays unexpected visit to Kyoto University dorm grounds

June 14, 2017 - 04:58
A wild boar entered the grounds of a Kyoto University dormitory in Kyoto's Sakyo Ward Tuesday, bumping into a man in his 60s on a bicycle before being captured. The man suffered a minor injury to his right leg. (Japan Times)
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Japanese language skills hits record high

June 13, 2017 - 22:05
The number of non-Japanese children at public schools who are lacking in Japanese language skills and who need remedial lessons hit a record 34,335 as of May last year, the latest survey by the education ministry showed Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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High school soccer coach fired for hitting student

June 13, 2017 - 21:35
A soccer coach of a private senior high school near Tokyo has been fired after a video of him striking a player was posted online. (NHK)
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Young people mount campaign to raise minimum wage, end poverty

June 11, 2017 - 23:29
A student-led movement is campaigning to raise Japan's minimum wage and improve the lives of low-paid workers, many of whom struggle to meet their basic needs despite toiling long hours. (Japan Today)
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Number of foreigners surges at schools for care workers in Japan

June 11, 2017 - 00:45
Schools in Japan that train certified care workers - who play a core role in nursing care - have seen a rapid increase in the number of foreign students. (
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Milk apparently sickens 379 students at 61 Ibaraki schools

June 7, 2017 - 02:01
The Ibaraki Prefectural Board of Education said Tuesday that 379 students at 61 schools in the prefecture felt sick after drinking milk served during lunchtime at school the previous day. (Japan Times)
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More high school students eat rice than bread: survey

June 3, 2017 - 23:26
More high school students in the Tokyo metropolitan area usually have rice for breakfast than those who eat bread, according to a survey by Norinchukin Bank. (Jiji)
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Births fall below 1 million

June 2, 2017 - 22:58
The total fertility rate in Japan in 2016 fell 0.01 point from the previous year to 1.44, while the number of babies born last year slipped below one million for the first time, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said in an annual demographic survey on Friday. (
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Teacher illicitly films girls changing in classroom

June 2, 2017 - 06:32
Saitama Prefectural Police on Wednesday arrested a middle school teacher for allegedly taking illicit films of female students for more than one year, reports Fuji News Network. (
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Education reform panel suggests easing load on public teachers

June 1, 2017 - 22:58
A government advisory panel on education reform proposed to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday steps to ease the workload on Japan's teachers and boost community and parent involvement with schools as concern about overwork grows. (Japan Times)
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Australian convict pirates in Japan: evidence of 1830 voyage unearthed

May 31, 2017 - 12:02
An amateur historian has unearthed compelling evidence that the first Australian maritime foray into Japanese waters was by convict pirates on an audacious escape from Tasmania almost two centuries ago. (
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Tokyo's ban on high school girls working in the controversial JK industry goes into effect this summer

May 30, 2017 - 22:52
The lengthy, multi-syllabic nature of Japanese vocabulary means that words used in discussing social phenomena often evolve into abbreviated versions in order to streamline conversations. A prime example is "JK." (Japan Today)
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Japan puts free early education, drug reform on wish list

May 29, 2017 - 23:16
Free nursery school and kindergarten for families nationwide as well as tighter control of ballooning medical costs highlight Japan's newest strategies to achieve growth, The Nikkei learned Monday. (Nikkei)
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