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Youngest Othello world champion flown home by man he bested

October 16, 2018 - 20:33
Keisuke Fukuchi, the 2018 world champion of the Othello board game and the youngest ever at 11, was congratulated and surprised while on his return flight to Japan after the competition in Prague as the pilot revealed via intercom that he was the previous record holder. (Kyodo)
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First joint survey planned for Daisen Kofun, Japan's largest ancient tomb

October 15, 2018 - 21:26
The Imperial Household Agency said Monday it will jointly excavate Japan’s largest ancient mounded tomb with a local government for the first time. (Japan Times)
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Showa University admits to rigging entrance exam results

October 15, 2018 - 21:25
Showa University in Tokyo admitted Monday that its medical school has been rigging entrance examination results in favor of first- and second-time test takers, while putting former students' children high on waiting lists to fill vacancies. (Jiji)
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More med schools suspected of rigging entrance exam results

October 12, 2018 - 23:05
A education ministry survey has found that more universities with medical departments in Japan are suspected of rigging entrance examination results, education minister Masahiko Shibayama said Friday. (Jiji)
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Japan to grant highly skilled foreigners indefinite residence

October 11, 2018 - 21:23
Japan will grant indefinite residence to highly skilled workers from abroad under a planned resident status program for foreigners, it was learned Thursday. (Jiji)
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Keidanren decides to scrap corporate hiring guidelines

October 9, 2018 - 20:55
The Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, said Tuesday that it will scrap its guidelines for corporate hiring of college graduates who will join the workforce in spring 2021 or later. (Jiji)
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Physical strength of elderly in Japan improves

October 7, 2018 - 21:59
The physical strength and athletic ability of elderly people in Japan has largely improved, while those of people in their 30s and 40s has mostly fallen, the Japan Sports Agency said in a survey report on Sunday. (Jiji)
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Record 385 foreigners in Japan get resident status revoked in 2017

September 28, 2018 - 21:59
The number of foreigners who had their resident status revoked in Japan in 2017 jumped 31 pct from the previous year to 385, reaching a record high since such statistics were first compiled in 2005, the Justice Ministry said Friday. (Jiji)
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Top Japanese universities climb in world rankings

September 26, 2018 - 21:43
A record 103 Japanese universities made it onto this year’s Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings list, with the nation’s two top universities — the University of Tokyo and Kyoto University — moving up in the standings. (Japan Times)
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Japanese magazine suspends publication amid LGBT controversy

September 25, 2018 - 21:33
Shinchosha Publishing Co. said Tuesday that it will suspend the publication of a monthly magazine at the center of a controversy over articles related to lesbian, gay, bisexuals and transgender, or LGBT, people. (Jiji)
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Scandal-hit med school names female president

September 25, 2018 - 21:30
A medical school in Tokyo that recently admitted to rigging entrance exams to discriminate against women has approved its first female president. (NHK)
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Tokyo Medical University elects female president

September 21, 2018 - 00:59
A Japanese medical university mired in a bribery scandal and under fire for discriminating against female applicants is set to have its first woman president. (NHK)
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Universities the weak link when hackers strike Japan

September 17, 2018 - 21:53
Overseas hackers are thought to have made off with information on Japan's maritime strategy in a March attack on specific people at national universities, which a Nikkei survey has found to be growing targets for their relatively lax security and sensitive knowledge. (Nikkei)
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Japan eyes no waiting kids for after-school care in FY 2021

September 14, 2018 - 22:17
The Japanese government set on Friday the new goal of cutting to zero the number of elementary school children waiting for receiving after-school care services by the end of fiscal 2021. (Jiji)
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Percentage of Japanese who smoke hits new low

September 11, 2018 - 23:39
A survey by Japan's health ministry has found that the percent of people in the country who smoke has fallen to new lows. (NHK)
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Homebound elderly men more likely to suffer poor nutrition

September 11, 2018 - 23:32
Elderly men who go out less than once a week are more likely to suffer poor nutrition than those who leave their house more often, a health ministry survey for 2017 showed Tuesday. (Jiji)
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University in Kyoto offers free tuition to anyone over 100 years of age; more than half off if over 50

September 11, 2018 - 01:07
For some time now, schools in Japan have been feeling the crunch of their aging society, and the plummeting number of potential students that come with it. (Japan Today)
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Body found after explosion at Kyushu University in Fukuoka

September 7, 2018 - 22:16
An explosion occurred at Kyushu University in the city of Fukuoka Friday morning and an unidentified human body was found in the debris, local police said. (Japan Times)
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Chidren on nursery waiting lists decrease for 1st time in 4 yrs

September 7, 2018 - 22:04
The number of children on nursery waiting lists in Japan as of April 1 fell 6,186 from a year before to 19,895, the first drop in four years, the government said Friday. (Jiji)
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930,000 Japanese teens addicted to Internet: survey

August 31, 2018 - 23:34
More teenagers are becoming addicted to the internet with an estimated 930,000 junior high and high school students nationwide overusing online services, a health ministry team said Friday. (Japan Times)
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