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Princess Mako leaves for one year of study in England

September 17, 2014 - 07:03
Princess Mako, 22, the oldest daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, left Haneda airport on Wednesday morning for London to begin one year of study in England. (Japan Today)
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Japan's Korean schools being squeezed by rising tensions with Pyongyang

September 15, 2014 - 23:31
Tensions between North Korea and Japan are threatening the survival of this and dozens of other Korean schools. (
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Y360,000 stolen from 80 students at two Chiba high schools

September 11, 2014 - 23:04
Police in Chiba are investigating a series of thefts at two high schools in which 80 students were robbed of a total of Y360,000. (Japan Today)
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Princess Kako leaves Gakushuin Univ.

September 11, 2014 - 22:33
Princess Kako dropped out of Gakushuin University in Tokyo at the end of August in the hope of entering another university, it was learned Thursday. (The Japan News)
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Japan 40th out of 48 in average TOEIC scores

September 11, 2014 - 00:14
Japan placed 40th among 48 nations and regions in the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) in 2013, another year of bottom-scraping rankings for the country, according to test organizers. (Asahi)
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Japan stays bottom in public spending on education: OECD

September 9, 2014 - 11:13
Japan remained bottom among 32 comparable Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development member states in public spending on education in 2011, an OECD survey showed Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Half of single-mother households in Japan below poverty line, among worst in OECD rankings

September 9, 2014 - 00:15
What young mother would be so heartless as to entrust the lives of her two young sons into the care of a baby sitter, a stranger, hired sight unseen over the Internet? (Asahi)
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In India, a rush to preserve memories of the Battle of Imphal

September 7, 2014 - 00:20
IMPHAL, India--Rusting helmets and rifles, water canteens with kanji characters and photos of loved ones: They are among the few relics of the Battle of Imphal, fought here 70 years ago at a cost of more than 30,000 Japanese lives. (Asahi)
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Edo Period bridge passes 'heavy' high school student test

September 6, 2014 - 00:02
Bridge builders and artisans who toiled under the rule of the Tokugawa Shogunate designed spans that were more than just aesthetically pleasing--they were built to last and endure heavy loads. (Asahi)
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Japan suicide rate ranked 4th among high-income countries, WHO report says

September 5, 2014 - 23:25
About 803,900 people worldwide are estimated to have killed themselves in 2012, a World Health Organization report revealed Thursday. (The Japan News)
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Private universities in Japan: A race to the bottom?

September 4, 2014 - 05:34
In pursuing quantity over quality, struggling Japanese universities may be setting themselves up for disaster. (The Diplomat)
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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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