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X-ray reveals hidden mini tower inside statue of ancient Buddhist leader in Kyoto

September 2, 2014 - 23:18
A miniature "gorinto" five-ringed Buddhist tower has been discovered inside a statue of the founder of the Daigoji temple in Kyoto's Fushimi Ward. (Asahi)
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Teacher arrested for taking photos of girls in toilet

September 2, 2014 - 22:58
A junior high school teacher, who was arrested once before for taking photos of girls in a school toilet, has been detained a second time. (Japan Today)
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30 Okayama schools get postcards threatening to kidnap students

August 30, 2014 - 10:20
Police in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, said Saturday that at least 30 elementary schools received postcards this week, in which the sender threatened to kidnap a child. (Japan Today)
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UN committee urges Japan to ban hate speech

August 29, 2014 - 22:53
Members of a United Nations committee examining ethnic discrimination have urged Japan's government to impose legal restrictions on hate speech against Korean residents in Japan. (NHK)
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Japan adopts guidelines on measures to reduce child poverty

August 29, 2014 - 22:49
The Japanese government adopted at a cabinet meeting Friday a set of guidelines for comprehensively promoting measures to reduce child poverty in Japan, which has grown into a serious problem in the advanced economy. (Jiji Press)
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Special English zones proposed as part of Cool Japan tourism initiative

August 27, 2014 - 23:16
In an effort to expand upon the "Cool Japan" initiative, a program intended to broaden foreign tourists' knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and industries, a committee of specialists has submitted a proposal that includes establishing "special English zones" in large cities where English would be one of the officially spoken languages. (Japan Today)
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In a first, Japan records fewer than 500,000 births in first half of year

August 27, 2014 - 00:01
The number of babies born in Japan in the January to June period dropped 2.7 percent from a year earlier to 496,391, pointing to the possibility of the annual figure slipping below the 1 million mark for the first time on record, government data showed Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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Regional Gaps in Academic Results Shrinking in Japan

August 25, 2014 - 23:17
Regional disparities are narrowing in the academic achievements of final-year students at elementary and junior high schools in Japan, reflecting significant performance improvements in low-ranking prefectures, recent national examinations revealed Monday. (Jiji Press)
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Over 10 percent of 3rd-yr junior high students spend 4 hours on smartphones

August 25, 2014 - 22:41
A government survey has revealed that nearly half of third graders at junior high schools in Japan spend one hour or more per day using smartphones, with over 10 pct spending four hours or more. (Jiji Press)
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Living with hunger in candlelight world

August 25, 2014 - 22:39
One in six children live in poverty in Japan, supposedly one of the most prosperous countries in the world. (The Japan News)
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Murakami's 'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki' tops New York Times' best-seller list

August 24, 2014 - 23:09
Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami's book "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage" topped the New York Times best-selling hardcover fiction list for the week after being translated into English and put on sale Aug. 12. (Japan Times)
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Cram school operator Yoyogi Seminar to shut majority of schools

August 23, 2014 - 08:55
Yoyogi Seminar, one of the country's largest cram school operators, plans to close the majority of its schools for children preparing for university entrance examinations, possibly next spring, a school official said Saturday. (Kyodo)
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Aeon to set up nursery schools at malls, supermarkets across Japan

August 21, 2014 - 23:51
Japanese retail giant Aeon plans to open day care facilities inside its nationwide network of shopping centers and general merchandise supermarkets for its employees and other parents. (Nikkei)
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220 minors caught on cybersoliciting

August 21, 2014 - 23:04
The National Police Agency reported Thursday that police gave correctional guidance nationwide to a total of 220 minors younger than 18 who tried to provide sex for money or sell their used underwear online from January to June this year. (The Japan News)
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Chiba teacher arrested for threats to 'blow up government buildings' because of Saturday classes

August 20, 2014 - 23:13
On 19 July the Noda City department of the Chiba Prefectural Police announced the arrest of 49-year-old elementary school teacher Masaki Yabusaki on charges of intimidation. (
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Japanese students less interested in science

August 19, 2014 - 23:48
A survey shows high school students in Japan are less interested in nature and science than their counterparts in the United States, China and South Korea. (NHK)
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Municipalities making rules for smartphone use among minors

August 17, 2014 - 02:52
Municipal governments and parent-teacher associations in Japan are leading efforts to create new rules for use of smartphones among children in order to offset increasing problems. (Jiji Press)
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More Japanese living abroad than ever, ministry says

August 16, 2014 - 01:49
There were a record 1,258,263 Japanese living abroad as of Oct. 1, according to the Foreign Ministry's Annual Report of Statistics on Japanese Nationals Overseas, released Friday. (Japan Times)
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Teachers' anti-drugs poster town's way to put principal's bust behind it

August 14, 2014 - 10:16
The municipal board of education in Kasuga, Fukuoka Prefecture, where the principal of a public elementary school was arrested in May over stimulants, has designed a poster showing the portraits of the city's 758 teachers and their pledge to fight drugs. (Japan Times)
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6th century tumulus may have been pyramid-shaped

August 14, 2014 - 00:28
A team of archaeologists has determined that an ancient tomb likely built during the later 6th century in Nara Prefecture, western Japan, had a rare pyramid-like structure. (NHK)
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