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Japan may empower courts to handle more cross-border divorce suits

October 13, 2015 - 11:54
After 18 months of deliberations, the Legislative Council of the Justice Ministry has drawn up an outline for legal revisions aimed at resolving a problem many failed marriages face: whether the Japan-based spouse can file for divorce here rather than overseas. (Japan Times)
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2 Japanese items added to UNESCO memory register

October 10, 2015 - 00:09
UNESCO announced Saturday that it has added two items recommended by Japan, including Return to Maizuru Port, or documents related to Japanese troops and civilians who were interned in labor camps in Siberia after the end of World War II, to its Memory of the World Register. (Jiji Press)
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Cities help explain My Number system to foreign residents

October 9, 2015 - 23:57
As cards notifying people of their personal 12-digit My Number will be mailed to everyone living in Japan in the latter half of this month, municipalities are facing the challenge of how to make sure foreigners in their area are familiar with the system. (The Japan News)
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Kyoto cops arrest teens in pot-dealing ring that used Line

October 9, 2015 - 14:48
Kyoto Prefectural Police have broken up a drug-dealing ring in which a pair of high school boys are alleged to have distributed marijuana in Kyoto via the Line smartphone messaging application, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Oct. 6). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Secrets of the world's healthiest children: 6 longevity lessons from Japan

October 7, 2015 - 05:16
If you had complete power to engineer a long, vigorous life, you might start by choosing to be born in Japan. (
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Dangers of human pyramids lead to concerns over student safety

October 6, 2015 - 12:05
Eight students in Osaka Prefecture suffered broken bones during a three-year period at a public junior high school while practicing or performing kumitaiso, the gymnastic formation known as a human pyramid. (Japan Times)
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Japan to double visitor target for planned Ainu center

October 1, 2015 - 23:25
The Japanese government on Thursday decided to double the annual visitor target number to one million for a planned center in Hokkaido to revitalize the culture of Ainu, an indigenous group. (Jiji Press)
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Princess Mako returns to Japan after finishing university course in England

September 30, 2015 - 23:34
Princess Mako is back in Japan after completing a year-long course in museum studies at the University of Leicester's graduate school in central England. (Asahi)
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Natl universities aim to reform quotas for special admissions

September 22, 2015 - 23:38
National universities should double the quota for the so-called admission office (AO) exams and recommendation-based admissions (see below) to 30 percent of overall enrollment by the 2018 academic year, according to a reform plan compiled by an association comprising 86 institutions of higher learning. (The Japan News)
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Princess Kako uses sign language

September 22, 2015 - 23:30
Princess Kako gave a speech in sign language at the opening ceremony Tuesday of a national high school sign language performance contest held in Yonago in Tottori Prefecture. (The Japan News)
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Princess Mako has been secretly studying in UK

September 20, 2015 - 00:22
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Japan to begin washoku licensing for foreigners

September 19, 2015 - 23:57
Japan's government will launch a licensing system to recognize foreign chefs of "washoku," or traditional Japanese cuisine. (NHK)
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Japan elementary school violence hits record high in FY '14

September 16, 2015 - 12:37
Violence by children at Japanese elementary schools hit a record high of 11,468 cases in fiscal 2014, up 572 from the previous year, an education ministry survey showed on Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Foreigners seeking safe haven in Japan to avoid conflicts at home can stay

September 15, 2015 - 09:58
Foreigners who flee to Japan to avoid conflicts in their home countries will be eligible to remain here even if they are not granted refugee status, under the Justice Ministry's new immigration control plan released Sept. 15. (Asahi)
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Gov't to allow high school students' political activity

September 14, 2015 - 22:20
High school students will be allowed to participate in political activities after decades of ban in line with the law amendment in June to lower the voting age for national elections to 18 from the current 20, according to a draft of the education ministry's new school guideline obtained by Kyodo News. (Japan Today)
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Documentary looks at why Japanese parents let young kids walk to school by themselves

September 13, 2015 - 23:18
Many foreigners in Japan are shocked to see young Japanese schoolchildren walking to and from school by themselves, or even taking the trains or buses alone. While these sights would probably lead to more than a few concerned stares in many countries overseas, they're perfectly typical scenes in Japan. (Japan Today)
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One in six Japanese children live in poverty, threatening their education, future

September 10, 2015 - 08:34
"Abenomics" may have helped double stock prices and enabled companies like Toyota Motor Corp. to post record profits in Japan, but one segment of the economy remains behind: the poor. (Japan Times)
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Kyoto moves to promote traditional cuisine with 'college of washoku'

September 8, 2015 - 23:41
A major push is under way in this city known for its high cuisine to set up a college dedicated to promoting "washoku" dishes that are a staple of dinner tables across Japan. (Asahi)
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More foreign students find jobs

September 8, 2015 - 23:19
A record 12,958 foreign students found jobs with the nation's companies and research institutions in 2014. The number increased by 1,311 from a year earlier and marks a record for a second consecutive year. (The Japan News)
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Bar scandal shocks officials, test-takers

September 8, 2015 - 23:12
A leak scandal regarding the national bar examination has shaken trust in the exam to its very foundation. On Tuesday, the Justice Ministry filed a criminal complaint against an examiner on suspicion of having leaked an exam question to a test-taker who was one of his former students. (The Japan News)
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