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Abe gives up on Sept. school start for now

June 2, 2020 - 22:08
Japan's Prime Minister Abe Shinzo has effectively given up on plans to change the start of the nation's school year from April to September. (NHK)
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Japan's new graduate recruiting fully starts amid coronavirus scare

June 1, 2020 - 21:23
Major firms in Japan on Monday fully started interviews, written tests and other activities to hire students graduating in spring 2021, with companies and students both struggling to adjust to unprecedented online recruiting methods introduced to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic. (Japan Times)
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Japanese university ends seal-stamping custom to promote telework

June 1, 2020 - 21:21
A national university in northeastern Japan on Monday ended in principle the long-standing custom of requiring documents be stamped with seals, in a bid to promote workplace efficiency and teleworking among its staff. (Kyodo)
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Japanese quiz for US students held online

May 30, 2020 - 23:20
High school students learning the Japanese language in the United States have had their knowledge of Japan put to the test in an annual quiz. (NHK)
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Japan's new working visa falls far short of expectations in 1st year

May 29, 2020 - 21:10
The number of foreigners staying in Japan under a new visa for workers with specified skills totaled 3,987 as of the end of March, less than a tenth of the maximum set by the government in the first year of its introduction, immigration authorities said Friday. (Kyodo)
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Japanese high schools struggle for normalcy

May 27, 2020 - 20:57
Seventy percent of Japanese prefectural boards of education say schooling will be limited in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, despite the government's lifting of the state of emergency, a Nikkei survey has found. (Nikkei)
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Job-seeker harassment coming under increased scrutiny in Japan

May 24, 2020 - 23:58
The threat of sexual harassment is an all-too-real concern for Japan's student job hunters, and it is sometimes university alumni who use promises of patronage to abuse their position of trust. (Japan Today)
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Health ministry in Japan to offer more aid for governments that beef up child consultation centers

May 23, 2020 - 22:46
The health ministry plans to raise subsidies for governments that bolster staff at child consultation centers to help them deal with the surge in child-support demand caused by the coronavirus, informed sources say. (Japan Times)
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Only foreign students at top of the class to get handouts in Japan

May 22, 2020 - 23:01
The government has set an additional criterion for foreign students hoping to receiving cash handouts of up to Y200,000 ($1,900) for students struggling financially amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, making only those in the top 30 percent of grades eligible. (Japan Times)
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Only top 30 percent of foreign students to be eligible for gov't handouts

May 21, 2020 - 22:25
The Japanese government has set an additional criteria for foreign students hoping to receiving cash handouts of up to 200,000 yen ($1,900) for students in the country struggling financially amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, making only those in the top 30 percent of grades eligible. (Kyodo)
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Foreign residents stranded abroad by Japan's coronavirus controls

May 19, 2020 - 22:13
The coronavirus pandemic has prompted authorities worldwide to introduce entry restrictions on border traffic. But regulations in Japan have sparked a particularly strong reaction from its international community, as it is the only Group of Seven member denying entry to long-term and permanent residents and has set no clear criteria for their return. (Japan Times)
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Japan approves cash handout for struggling students amid pandemic

May 19, 2020 - 21:49
The Cabinet approved Tuesday a program to provide up to ¥200,000 ($1,900) in a cash handout to each of around 430,000 university and other students in the nation struggling financially to pay for tuition or living costs amid the spread of the new coronavirus. (Japan Times)
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Japan's schools begin to reopen with staggered attendance

May 18, 2020 - 21:37
Schools in many regions across the nation reopened Monday with staggered attendance, in preparation for a full-scale restart of classes, following the government’s lifting of the state of emergency in 39 of the nation’s 47 prefectures last Thursday. (Japan Times)
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Bubble Era Tokyo to Today - How the city has changed

May 18, 2020 - 21:06
Adam Fulford is our guest today. He's been living in Japan for many years and has seen a lot, experienced a lot and will share his stories with us today. From NHK to projects in Tohoku, Japan's "Bubble Era" to the 21st century, get ready for some history! (ONLY in JAPAN)
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Shibuya gives each public elementary and junior high student a Surface Go 2 tablet for school

May 16, 2020 - 22:17
If you’ve lived and worked in Japan–especially as an English teacher in Japanese schools, then you might know that the high-tech image of Japan is still somewhat of an illusion. (
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Japan plans $1,900 in coronavirus emergency aid for students

May 14, 2020 - 22:14
Japan's government has proposed paying as much as 200,000 yen ($1,870) to students at risk of being unable to afford tuition because of financial losses from the coronavirus pandemic. (Nikkei)
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86 percent of schools in Japan remain closed

May 14, 2020 - 21:58
A survey by Japan's education ministry shows that 86 percent of kindergartens and schools have remained closed during the state of emergency due to the coronavirus outbreak. (NHK)
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Poor social crotch distancing, closed schools raise teen pregnancy risks in Japan, hospital says

May 12, 2020 - 23:10
Hospital’s pregnancy consultation division receives its most queries from junior high and high school students ever. (
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Those with Japan visas expiring in July get extra three months to renew

May 12, 2020 - 23:06
The Immigration Services Agency of Japan said Tuesday it will give foreign nationals with periods of stay expiring in July a three-month extension to renew, in a bid to alleviate congestion at immigration counters amid the coronavirus outbreak. (Japan Times)
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Home anime: Ghibli producer offers Totoro lesson online

May 12, 2020 - 22:40
Time on your hands and a love of anime? A producer from Japan's Studio Ghibli is offering an online tutorial for drawing one of its most beloved characters: Totoro. (Japan Today)
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