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First woman enters Japan's submarine academy

January 22, 2020 - 22:05
The first female student was admitted to Japan’s national naval submarine academy Wednesday after the end of a ban on women on the country’s submarines. (Japan Times)
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Top Japanese university racks up fourth voyeur arrest in as many months

January 22, 2020 - 21:49
Japan’s oldest university continues to produce the best and the worst that the country has to offer. (
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Subsidies cut for school over missing students

January 21, 2020 - 22:00
The Japanese government has decided it will not to give subsidies this fiscal year ending March to a university where a large number of foreign students have gone missing. (NHK)
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Studio Ghibli grants streaming rights to Netflix, but anime fans in thee key countries left out

January 20, 2020 - 20:53
Online streaming has been very good for the anime industry, opening flows of revenue both domestic and international by delivering the product to ravenous fans in the fastest manner possible. For a while, though, it looked like Studio Ghibli was going to stick to its “physical media-only” policy until the end of time. (
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Fewer people committed suicide in Japan last year than in any other year on record

January 17, 2020 - 21:30
With Japanese society often placing intense pressure on teens and adults alike, as well as traditional values that can frame self-sacrifice as an admirable way of taking responsibility, a high suicide rate has long been a dark mark on the nation’s culture. (
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Japan officially enters geology books with 'Chibanian Age'

January 17, 2020 - 21:26
An international group of geologists on Friday formally adopted “Chibanian” as the name of a geologic age spanning 770,000 to 126,000 years ago, researchers said, marking the first time a Japanese name has been chosen. (Japan Times)
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NHK to begin simultaneous online streaming in April

January 14, 2020 - 23:01
The communications ministry on Tuesday authorized Japanese public broadcaster NHK to start simultaneous online streaming of its television programs from April. (Japan Today)
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Student stabs instructor at Meijo University over ‘credit not given’

January 13, 2020 - 20:20
Aichi Prefectural Police last week arrested a student at Meijo University in Nagoya over the alleged stabbing of a teacher, reports NHK (Jan. 10). (
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Japanese women face a future of poverty, as confluence of factors conspire against them

January 12, 2020 - 22:32
At first glance, things seem to be getting better for Japanese women. (Japan Times)
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New adults share hope in quake-hit town

January 12, 2020 - 22:31
Young men and women in northeastern Japan have talked about their hopes for rebuilding towns that were devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. (NHK)
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Japan-run language school that saw stock surge 1,093 percent last year eyes expansion

January 9, 2020 - 21:17
A Japan-run language school that saw its stock soar almost 12-fold last year is planning to expand into new business areas as its chief executive officer tries to keep the rally alive. (Japan Times)
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Cram school teacher arrested for attaching dog collars to young student

January 9, 2020 - 21:15
A 62-year-old teacher and operator of a cram school in Nara City has been arrested for using dog collars to restrain one of his students, a young girl in her teens, last November. (Japan Today)
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Oita: Teacher concealed smartphone in slipper to film girl during class

December 26, 2019 - 21:38
A male teacher at a public middle school has been dismissed after he was found to have taken illicit footage of a female student last month, the board of education said on Tuesday, reports NHK (Dec. 24). (
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Intl. meeting on 'hikikomori' held in Japan

December 26, 2019 - 21:20
An international meeting on people who have withdrawn from society has taken place in Japan. Its aim was to discuss how to support such people and their families. (NHK)
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Japan births likely to fall below 900,000 in 2019

December 25, 2019 - 20:33
Japan's welfare ministry estimates that the number of births in the country for the whole of this year will fall below 900,000 for the first time. The decline would be faster than the government's earlier prediction. (NHK)
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Japan to hire 1,726 more teachers in 2020 for elementary and junior high schools

December 23, 2019 - 19:17
The government will increase its employment quota for teachers at public elementary and junior high schools by 1,726 in fiscal 2020. (Japan Times)
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Women fall prey to sexual abuse in Japan's job hunting season

December 20, 2019 - 22:54
"You want to work for us?" the man said, coercing a college student to down several drinks at a karaoke bar. "You cannot work at a trading company unless you can drink." (Nikkei)
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Japanese schoolchildren's eyesight worst on record, health ministry finds

December 20, 2019 - 22:52
From elementary to high school, children in Japan are breaking records for bad eyesight, an education ministry health survey showed Friday. (Japan Times)
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Teenager accused of hacking server to alter grades

December 19, 2019 - 20:13
Japanese police have referred a teenager to prosecutors on suspicion of illegally accessing a school server to alter his grades. (NHK)
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Teens to be referred to prosecutors for bullying

December 19, 2019 - 20:07
Police in Gifu City, central Japan, have decided to send papers to prosecutors for three junior high school boys suspected of coercion that may have led to a classmate's death. (NHK)
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