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Stubbed out: Japanese university stops hiring smoking professors

April 23, 2019 - 22:32
A Japanese university has stopped hiring professors and teachers who light up, officials said Tuesday, as the nation steps up an anti-smoking campaign ahead of the 2020 Olympics. (Japan Today)
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'Breaking Bad'? Shikoku professor allegedly instructed students to produce MDMA

April 17, 2019 - 20:19
A pharmaceutical science professor at a university in Shikoku was referred to prosecutors Tuesday for allegedly instructing his students to produce the synthetic drug MDMA without a permit, the university said Tuesday, in an echo of hit TV series “Breaking Bad.” (Japan Times)
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English level at Japan's secondary schools falls short of gov't target

April 16, 2019 - 22:47
The English-language ability of students at Japanese public secondary schools fell short of the government's target in the 2018 academic year through March, despite a slight improvement from a year earlier, a government survey showed Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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High school girl skirt lengths and hair fashions once again in a flux

April 16, 2019 - 22:36
As Japan finds itself on the cusp of a new imperial reign -- to be named Reiwa, according to the government's announcement on April 1 -- the nation's collective eyes briefly turned upwards, in the direction of the over 1,200 years of continuous, uninterrupted generations of Japan's imperial family. (Japan Today)
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Tests for new Japan visa status held in Manila

April 13, 2019 - 21:59
Job-seekers in the Philippines have taken tests for a new visa status in Japan that aims to increase the number of foreign workers in the country. (NHK)
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After university loses contact with hundreds of foreign students, Japan plans penalties for schools

April 13, 2019 - 00:22
The government plans to penalize universities with many foreign students whose whereabouts are unknown, it was revealed Thursday. (Japan Times)
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Japan's working age population hits record low

April 13, 2019 - 00:12
Latest data show that Japanese society continues to gray, with the percentage of the population of working age tying a record low. (NHK)
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Alarm bells sound over 'outings' in Japan's LGBT community

April 13, 2019 - 00:03
People having their sexual orientation or gender identity revealed without their consent has become a deepening problem in Japan, a country known for its culture in which the "nail that sticks out gets hammered down." (Kyodo)
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Tochigi: Girl, 15, hit and killed by train in apparent suicide

April 11, 2019 - 23:46
A female high school student was hit and killed by a train in Yaita City on Tuesday in an apparent suicide, police have revealed, reports NHK (tokyoreporter.com)
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Another women’s university in Japan to accept transgender women, the first in Kyushu

April 11, 2019 - 23:44
As a country that still stands behind fairly rigid gender roles, Japan has a long way to go in granting its LGBTQ citizens equal rights. Same-sex couples, for example, are still fighting for their right to get married in Japan, and many in the LGBTQ community experience discrimination and exclusion from society on a daily basis. (soranews24.com)
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Two English teachers stand up for their rights and win — a valuable lesson for anyone working in Japan

April 10, 2019 - 22:34
The closure of 51 Coco Juku eikaiwa (English conversation) schools in Japan last week, with more to come in June, illustrates just how unstable the English teaching market can be. (Japan Times)
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Lower house OKs free preschool education bill

April 9, 2019 - 22:40
The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved legislation to expand childcare support by offering free preschool education from October as Japan struggles to reverse its falling birthrate. (Japan Today)
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Only about 25% of Japanese universities have imposed blanket smoking ban, survey finds

April 6, 2019 - 22:58
Only about 25 percent of universities in Japan have imposed blanket bans on smoking on all campuses, months before tighter regulations come into force, according to a recent survey. (Japan Times)
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Startling survey finds 613,000 people aged 40-64 live in isolation

April 6, 2019 - 22:43
A recent survey in Japan has uncovered an alarming number of middle-aged people without work and who rarely leave home. (Nikkei)
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Japanese university professor arrested for killing pigeons

April 3, 2019 - 22:03
Police arrested Wednesday an associate professor of a university in Tokyo for killing pigeons in a park by feeding them food mixed with insecticide. (Kyodo)
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Japan's skills test for foreign workers off to a rough start

April 1, 2019 - 21:38
Japan is relaxing work visa requirements in the food service industry to deal with a chronic labor shortage, but the number of workers who can take the first qualification exams will be limited because industry bodies responsible for developing the tests have not had enough time to prepare for the event. (Nikkei)
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Survey: Socially withdrawn middle-aged top 600,000

March 29, 2019 - 21:30
A Japanese government survey has found that more than 600,000 middle-aged people have withdrawn from society. (NHK)
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Kyoto: Middle school girl found with marijuana, 2 tabs of Ecstasy

March 26, 2019 - 20:49
Kyoto Prefectural Police have sent a middle school girl in Kyoto City to prosecutors over the alleged possession of marijuana and Ecstasy, reports Fuji News Network (tokyoreporter.com)
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Ministries probe 700 missing foreign students

March 26, 2019 - 20:43
Japan's government has investigated a university in Tokyo where hundreds of foreign students remain unaccounted for. (NHK)
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New immigration rules to stir up Japan’s regional rentals scene -- if they work

March 25, 2019 - 22:47
On April 1st, 2019, major new immigration reform will take effect with a new “Middle Skilled Worker” (tokuteigino) visa status for foreign workers in Japan. (rethinktokyo.com)
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