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Chiba: Teacher coerced school girl to send him nude images of her

February 23, 2018 - 21:50
Chiba Prefectural Police on Thursday arrested a 34-year-old elementary school teacher from Hiroshima Prefecture for allegedly coercing a girl to send him obscene photographs of her via social media, reports Nikkan Sports (tokyoreporter.com)
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Rural areas hit by acute scarcity of nurses, with turnover high among agency-referred staff

February 23, 2018 - 21:47
Hospitals and clinics in rural areas are finding it increasingly difficult to hire nurses on their own, and the amount of referral fees they are paying to private agents are significantly on the rise, a recent research report shows. (Japan Times)
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Japan is safest place to be born, UNICEF report says

February 21, 2018 - 21:34
Japan tops the world as the country with the lowest rate of newborn mortality in 2016, followed by Iceland and Singapore, while Pakistan is the riskiest place to be born according to a new UNICEF report launched on Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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Japan, Finland agree Moomin issue 'resolved' after exam furor

February 21, 2018 - 21:19
An uproar in Japan over the homeland of the "Moomin" storybook characters was elevated to a diplomatic matter on Wednesday, with the Japanese and Finnish foreign ministers assuring each other the issue has been well and truly resolved. (Kyodo)
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Fewer Japanese institutions mistreated foreign trainees in 2017, Justice Ministry says

February 20, 2018 - 21:34
A total of 213 firms and organizations in Japan were found to have mistreated technical trainees from abroad in 2017, down 10.9 percent from the previous year and falling for the second straight year, the Justice Ministry has said. (Japan Times)
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Japan to introduce new high school compulsory subjects

February 14, 2018 - 21:34
The education ministry released a draft Wednesday of revised curriculum guidelines for high schools, including the introduction of comprehensive history and public affairs as new compulsory subjects. (Japan Times)
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Girls' physical performance hits new highs: govt survey

February 13, 2018 - 21:47
Girls in the fifth year of elementary school and the second year of junior high school in Japan posted record highs in overall physical performance in fiscal 2017, a government survey showed Tuesday. (Jiji)
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Average height of Japanese born in 1980 or later is declining, study finds

February 12, 2018 - 21:11
While the average height of Japanese adults had grown some 15 cm (nearly 6 inches) over the past century with improved nutrition and public health conditions, it has started to decline for those born in 1980 or later, recent research has shown. (Japan Times)
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Teachers at Toyama high school cut hair of 44 students to comply with rules

February 9, 2018 - 23:53
Teachers at a public high school in Toyama Prefecture have cut the hair of 44 students since April last year to make it short enough to meet school rules, the school and local education board said Friday. (Japan Today)
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Armani uniform at public elementary school spurs parents' complaints

February 8, 2018 - 22:36
A public elementary school in the posh Ginza district in Tokyo has decided to adopt new uniforms designed by Italian high-end brand Armani, triggering protests from parents who say they are expensive, local education board said Thursday. (Japan Today)
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Govt adopts bill to limit university enrollments in central Tokyo

February 6, 2018 - 05:58
The Japanese government on Tuesday adopted a bill to keep university enrollment capacities in the densely populated 23 wards in central Tokyo from increasing over 10 years. (Jiji)
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8 amazing tricks you should know when learning sociology

February 5, 2018 - 10:47
Sociology is a science that studies relationships, processes, and events that take place in society. It studies not only the social interactions that take place at this particular moment, but also those that took place to be tens, hundreds and thousands of years ago. In addition, sociology also has the function of forecasting. It means that a person can foresee the next changes in public life with its help. (newsonjapan.com)
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English adopted for more junior high entrance exams in Japan

February 2, 2018 - 23:06
More and more private junior high schools in the Tokyo metropolitan area and the Kansai western Japan region are introducing English in their general entrance examinations. (Jiji)
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Fujii becomes 1st junior high shogi player with rank of fifth dan

February 2, 2018 - 23:00
Sota Fujii, the youngest professional shogi player, won a key match on Thursday and was promoted to fifth dan from fourth dan, becoming the first to hold the higher rank while being a junior high school student. (Jiji)
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15-year-old girl, two other teens arrested for forcing girl to jump off bridge in Fukuoka

January 24, 2018 - 23:49
Police in Kurume City, Fukuoka Prefecture, have arrested three teenagers on charges of inflicting injuries on a 16-year-old girl after they forced her to jump off a bridge. (Japan Today)
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Why don't more Japanese study abroad? The cost and the hassle, survey shows

January 24, 2018 - 23:48
On a chilly, wet Saturday in November, I made my way over to Senzoku Gakuen, a renowned private all-girls junior and senior high school located almost equal distance between Tokyo and Yokohama. I had been invited to assist at a college fair sponsored by the school together with a nonprofit that does these things — the U.S. College Alumni Network of Japan (USCANJ). (Japan Times)
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Definition errors pointed out in Japanese dictionary Kojien

January 23, 2018 - 23:03
Some definitions of words in the seventh edition of Kojien, regarded by many as the most authoritative dictionary of Japanese, have been pointed out as inaccurate since it was released on Jan. 12. (Jiji)
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iPS paper's data faked by Kyoto Univ. scientist

January 22, 2018 - 22:04
Scientists at Kyoto University say some of the data in a paper on stem cells published by a fellow researcher was fabricated. (NHK)
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Elementary schools in Japan may drop by two thirds

January 18, 2018 - 20:57
A new study shows the number of public elementary and junior high schools in Japan may fall to a third of its current total by 2050, due to a declining population. (NHK)
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Japanese dictionary's definition of "LGBT" draws criticism for inaccuracy on the "T" part

January 16, 2018 - 22:04
Following the release of its first edition in 1955, publisher Iwanami Shoten's Kojien has become one of the most respected and widely used dictionaries in Japan. Since 1998, the tome has been on a 10-year update cycle, and so last week's release of Kojien's seventh edition was a big deal not just for linguists, but for Japanese society in general. (rocketnews24.com)
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