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3,953 public school teachers penalized for corporal punishment in academic '13

January 31, 2015 - 00:19
The number of public school teachers who were penalized for corporal punishment of students reached a record high of 3,953 in the last academic year, the education ministry announced Friday. (The Japan News)
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Harvard Business School has a 'Japan problem'

January 29, 2015 - 22:26
MBA applicants to the prestigious business school from Japan have dwindled to a precious few. Harvard is beefing up its admissions presence in Tokyo to counter the trend. (
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Japan's premier disputes U.S. textbook's portrayal of 'comfort women'

January 29, 2015 - 22:23
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan on Thursday criticized an American textbook that he said inaccurately depicted Japan's actions during World War II, opening a new front in a battle to sway American views of the country's wartime history. (
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Japanese consortium eyes 10-language app in time for Olympics

January 29, 2015 - 22:09
Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, working with Panasonic and telecom giant NTT, is setting out to create a mobile device app that can automatically translate Japanese and nine other languages with high precision. (Nikkei)
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Japan to accept more foreign caregivers

January 26, 2015 - 23:47
Japan's labor and welfare ministry plans to take measures to allow more foreign caregivers to work in the country. (NHK)
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Middle school entrance exams using more English

January 26, 2015 - 23:41
The entrance examination season for middle schools peaks between mid-January and February. As the education ministry plans to make English a formal subject for primary schools, an increasing number of private middle schools have introduced English as an entrance exam subject. (The Japan News)
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Govt. to get tougher on 'maternity harassment'

January 24, 2015 - 01:03
Officials at Japan's labor ministry plan to get tougher on discrimination against working women who are pregnant or have small children. The officials say they will instruct labor bureaus across the country to tighten their oversight. (NHK)
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Thousands flock to ancient Nara burial mound after major find announced

January 19, 2015 - 07:43
Thousands of history buffs visited the Koyamada ruins here on Jan. 18 to see the recently unearthed burial mound that may have been constructed for Emperor Jomei (593-641). (Asahi)
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Japan to fund efforts to promote family time projects

January 19, 2015 - 07:33
Japan's Tourism Agency plans to provide financial assistance to municipalities that promote so-called family time projects for encouraging parents to take time off from work when their children are on school breaks. (Jiji Press)
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Bereaved families to decide fate of tsunami-gutted school building

January 18, 2015 - 08:29
ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Prefecture--Nearly four years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, discussion of the fate of a damaged school building that was engulfed by the tsunami finally started between a residents' association and the bereaved families of students. (Asahi)
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559,132 students sit for college entrance exams across Japan

January 17, 2015 - 08:06
The National Center for University Entrance Examinations on Saturday began two days of tests across the nation. The center said that 559,132 students are sitting for the exams at 690 test centers nationwide. (Japan Today)
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School entrance exam season brings out the superstitions

January 17, 2015 - 02:44
Sumo wrestlers frequently engage in superstition. For instance, I have heard of wrestlers who drink only one brand of beer simply because its logo is a white star. In sumo jargon, a win is "shiroboshi," which translates literally as "white star." (Asahi)
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Japanese youths celebrate reaching adulthood with outrageous outfits and Elvis hair

January 15, 2015 - 06:42
Monday was Coming of Age day in Japan, an annual celebration held on the second Monday of January where those who have turned 20 over the past year come together to celebrate while everyone else gets a day off work. (
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Young adults prepare for Coming-of-Age Day on Monday

January 10, 2015 - 01:39
On Monday, if you are out and about in Japan, you'll see many young people dressed in their best; the girls especially will look pretty in their kimono. That's because Monday is Coming-of-Age Day (成人の日) - when young Japanese who turned 20 during the previous year or will do so before March 31 this year are officially recognized as adults. (Japan Today)
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Govt. will carry out new childcare support program

January 9, 2015 - 00:42
Japan's government is reviewing new social welfare programs now that a hike in the consumption tax has been postponed. Officials are now preparing a draft budget plan for fiscal 2015. (NHK)
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Kindergarten kids brave cold in karate practice

January 9, 2015 - 00:10
Children at a kindergarten in central Japan have braved the cold at an annual karate practice. (NHK)
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