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Teachers awarded compensation for being forced to sing national anthem

May 27, 2015 - 03:22
A Japanese court has awarded 537 million yen in compensation to a group of teachers who were punished for refusing to sing the country's anthem, the group said Tuesday as it condemned nationalism in education. (Japan Today)
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Kita Ward's speech conversion system debuts

May 26, 2015 - 23:25
Rie Saito, a member of Tokyo's Kita Ward Assembly, can now join debates after the assembly put into operation Tuesday a speech conversion system for people with hearing difficulties. (The Japan News)
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Advanced Eiken levels elude almost half of high school English teachers

May 25, 2015 - 05:15
Only a little over a half of English teachers at public high schools are certified with advanced levels of English proficiency tests, and less than 30 percent of those at junior high schools are qualified likewise, according to an education ministry survey released Monday. (Japan Times)
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Rakuten forges ahead in English

May 24, 2015 - 08:19
E-commerce giant Rakuten has managed to do what the educational system apparently can't - get Japanese people to speak English competently. After years of Rakuten building the English level of its employees, Chief Executive Officer Hiroshi Mikitani noted recently that the effort has finally paid off. (Japan Times)
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Teacher reprimanded for taking fingerprints of 6th grade class

May 18, 2015 - 23:17
An elementary school teacher in Tachikawa, Tokyo, faces disciplinary action after it was learned that he had taken the fingerprints of every child in his sixth grade class. (Japan Today)
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Kanpai! Japanese sweet sake found to have beauty benefits

May 18, 2015 - 09:45
It seems like every time you look, there's some sort of new fad diet or superfood, all purported to be the best thing you can do for your health or to improve your natural beauty. But the good news is, this one's actually fun to partake in. (
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Japanese high schools win prizes at intl model U.N. conference

May 17, 2015 - 22:51
Two Japanese high schools received awards at the 2015 Global Classrooms International Model United Nations Conference held in New York last week. (The Japan News)
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Roses with tie to Anne Frank still bloom at Tokyo school after 40 years

May 16, 2015 - 00:37
At Takaido Junior High School in Tokyo's Suginami Ward, about 150 roses are now fully in bloom on both sides of a passage from the front gate of the school to a school building. (Asahi)
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LDP panel proposes new teacher recruitment system

May 16, 2015 - 00:19
An Education Ministry sub-committee on education reform set up by the government has recommended changing the way teachers are hired and trained. (Japan Today)
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Japan's oldest basil pollen found in Nara ruins may have been 'medicine' from China

May 14, 2015 - 23:40
Basil pollen from the time of the legendary shaman queen Himiko has been discovered at the site that might once have been her home. (Asahi)
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