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No. of kidnappings involving children under 13 exceeds 100 for first time in 9 years

December 13, 2014 - 01:38
The number of kidnapping cases involving children 13 years old and younger this year has exceeded 100 cases for the first time in 9 years. (Japan Today)
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Kanji of the year

December 13, 2014 - 00:43
Seihan Mori, head priest of Kyoto's Kiyomizudera temple, writes the kanji "zei," meaning "tax," in calligraphy on Friday at the temple. (The Japan News)
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Over 40% of students: Rarely use English in future

December 11, 2014 - 22:49
Fluency in English is high on the agenda for Japan's education policy of fostering individuals who can play an active role internationally. (NHK)
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Residents complain over noise at day care centers in Tokyo

December 10, 2014 - 00:29
Efforts to eliminate the number of children on a waiting list to enroll in day care centers in central Tokyo have been met with complaints from local residents who find children too noisy. (The Japan News)
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Letters by 16th-century warlords Nobunaga, Hideyoshi found in Kobe

December 10, 2014 - 00:06
Letters written by Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582) and Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-1598), two leading warlords in feudal Japan, have been found in a private residence here, Kobe University said Dec. 8. (Asahi)
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Rate of increase in overweight men stops rising in Japan

December 9, 2014 - 23:55
The proportion of obese adult men has remained almost unchanged in recent years in Japan, a survey by the health ministry revealed Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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34 students suffer food poisoning after eating clam chowder

December 9, 2014 - 08:23
Health officials in Hachioji, Tokyo, said Monday that a group of school students suffered food poisoning after eating clam chowder. (Japan Today)
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Despite apparent healthy diet, Japanese consume too much salt

December 8, 2014 - 22:12
While the Japanese diet is viewed across the world as one of the healthiest, alarm bells are sounding over the amount of salt used in some dishes. (Asahi)
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Children return to Canada, 2nd departure from Japan under Hague pact

December 6, 2014 - 04:46
Two children who were brought to Japan by their Japanese mother returned to their home in Canada last month under a treaty settling cross-border custody disputes, Foreign Ministry officials said Friday. (Kyodo)
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Man attacks schoolgirl, cuts her hair

December 6, 2014 - 04:25
Police in Izumiotsu City, Osaka Prefecture, said Friday they are looking for a man who attacked a junior high schoolgirl and cut off her ponytail. (Japan Today)
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Japanese town axes milk from school lunches, debate likely to wage until cows come home

December 6, 2014 - 03:57
Many Japanese people associate the drink with their childhood, since it’s been served in elementary schools for decades. (
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Kindergarten to pay Y60 million over 3/11 tsunami deaths

December 4, 2014 - 22:46
A kindergarten in a tsunami-hit city in the northeast has agreed to pay Y60 million in damages and offer an apology after four children died when its bus was swamped by tsunami in March 2011, the families of the victims said. (Japan Times)
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