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Justice Ministry to weed out false refugee status applications

September 4, 2015 - 23:09
In a bid to deal with rampant cases of people falsely applying for refugee status in order to be able to work in Japan, the Justice Ministry will likely review the refugee recognition system and take strict countermeasures, including urging those judged as illegally residing in the country to leave. (The Japan News)
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Ministry proposes overhaul of immigration, asylum policies

September 3, 2015 - 23:35
The nation will try to lure additional highly skilled foreign professionals and exchange students as part of a drive to stimulate the stagnant economy, according to the latest draft of an immigration policy review compiled by the Justice Ministry. (Japan Times)
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Porn star Maria Ozawa featured in Indonesia school text

September 2, 2015 - 08:15
A school in Indonesia is in hot water for utilizing an image of a popular adult video (AV) star from Japan in teaching materials, reports weekly tabloid Shukan Jitsuwa (Sep. 3). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Japan offers online parent-child contact under Hague pact

September 1, 2015 - 23:22
Japan's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday launched an online system to help parents communicate with their children who are now with their estranged spouses under the framework of an international treaty to help settle cross-border child custody disputes. (Japan Today)
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Ministry alerting schools of survey findings to prevent child suicides

August 31, 2015 - 22:54
Child suicides tend to occur more often around the time summer vacation ends and school is about to start, according to a government survey, despite nationwide efforts to take preventive measures. (The Japan News)
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Japanese-style education systems set for other nations

August 31, 2015 - 22:52
The government plans to promote the export of Japanese-style education systems to emerging nations starting in fiscal 2016 in order to provide them with the know-how to teach discipline, develop high scholastic ability and foster practical human resources for immediate use. (The Japan News)
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Study: Japanese have the longest healthy lives

August 28, 2015 - 23:28
The Japanese have the reputation of longevity. Now, the latest studies show that they also enjoy the longest periods of healthy lives. (NHK)
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Youth climbing 'genius' Miwa Oba stars in new commercial and nearly breaks the Internet

August 26, 2015 - 23:21
Rock climbing and bouldering aren't really the first sports we associate with junior high and high school students. (
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26 natl universities to abolish humanities, social sciences

August 24, 2015 - 22:05
Nearly half of the 60 national universities with humanities and social science faculties plan to abolish those departments in the 2016 academic year or later, according to a survey conducted by The Yomiuri Shimbun. (The Japan News)
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11 children stung by wasps in Fukuoka Pref

August 23, 2015 - 22:52
Eleven children were stung by wasps while walking in a wooded area in Koge, Fukuoka Prefecture, on Sunday. (Japan Today)
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Ruins in Nara likely site of largest settlement in 4th century

August 20, 2015 - 23:34
GOSE, Nara Prefecture--Researchers are excavating what could have been one of the nation's largest settlements in the fourth century. (Asahi)
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