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Japanese MBA students plummet in US as companies skimp on tuition

December 13, 2019 - 21:00
The number of Japanese students obtaining master of business administration degrees at elite U.S. universities has dropped by roughly half in the past decade as corporations grow reluctant to finance employees' education for fear of them quitting upon graduation. (Nikkei)
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'Rei' named the Kanji of the Year for 2019

December 12, 2019 - 20:16
The first of the two kanji characters used in Japan's new imperial era name, "Reiwa," has been chosen as Kanji of the Year. (NHK)
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Poll shows 1 in 10 in Japan identify as LGBT or other sexual minorities

December 11, 2019 - 23:33
A recent online survey has found that 1 in 10 in Japan identify as LGBT or another sexual minority. (Japan Times)
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Japan's reordering of name format highlights global power shift

December 9, 2019 - 23:28
In Japan these days it seems that conservatives want to change things and progressives want to cling to the status quo. An apparently minor, but highly symbolic, example is Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government's proposal to change the order of Japanese names when written in the Latin or Western alphabet. (Nikkei)
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Hospital equipped with baby hatch in city of Kumamoto to introduce confidential birth program

December 9, 2019 - 01:51
Jikei Hospital in the city of Kumamoto, known for its “Konotori no Yurikago” (storks’ cradle) baby hatch, will start a program allowing women to give birth while keeping their names secret, a senior official has said. (Japan Times)
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Girls revive previously male-dominated cheering squads

December 7, 2019 - 00:48
Typical cheerleading clubs in schools, known as ōendan, consist of men clad in black gakuran stand-up collar uniforms yelling vigorously and performing synchronized, dynamic choreographed moves to support sports teams. (Japan Times)
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SoftBank and University of Tokyo to open business-oriented AI research centers

December 7, 2019 - 00:46
SoftBank Corp. and the University of Tokyo have agreed to open artificial-intelligence centers staffed with specialists from the university and around the world, to swiftly turn research into profitable business ventures so Japan can keep up with the U.S. and China. (Japan Times)
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Japanese students drop to country's lowest-ever rank in reading in international test

December 4, 2019 - 00:08
Japanese students ranked at their lowest level ever in reading while remaining in the top band in science and mathematics in a triennial international survey on academic ability, the OECD said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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Forcing children to sit 'seiza' style to be recognized as punishment under new law

December 3, 2019 - 23:44
A welfare ministry panel said Tuesday that forcing children to sit extensively in the formal Japanese style known as seiza will be recognized as a morally unacceptable form of punishment under a new law that will enter into force next April. (Japan Today)
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Japanese students push for end to sexual harassment of job hunters

December 2, 2019 - 21:49
A group of university students is calling for the elimination of sexual harassment by recruiters and other company workers during their job-hunting activities. (Japan Times)
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Tougher penalties for smartphone use while driving take effect

December 1, 2019 - 21:15
Stronger penalties for drivers using mobile phones behind the wheel took effect in Japan on Sunday in the wake of an outcry from families who lost loved ones in traffic accidents caused by such drivers. (Japan Today)
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Princess Aiko turns 18, enjoys last year in high school

December 1, 2019 - 21:08
Princess Aiko, the only child of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, turned 18 on Sunday, enjoying her last year in high school as she prepares to move on for further studies at university starting next spring. (Kyodo)
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Japan's love of ramen tempered by mortality warning

November 30, 2019 - 22:41
Slurping down a steaming hot bowl of ramen is a great way to warm the soul on a cold winter’s day but overindulging in the dish could prove deadly, a British medical paper has warned. (Japan Times)
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Salt and inaction blamed for Aomori having the lowest life expectancy in Japan

November 29, 2019 - 21:07
In a country famous for the longevity of its inhabitants - this year Japan’s population of people age 100 or over topped 70,000 for the first time - Aomori Prefecture is an outlier. (Japan Times)
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Govt. revises guidelines tackling child poverty

November 29, 2019 - 20:51
Japan's revised guidelines for tackling child poverty call for more detailed analysis to provide "seamless support" for struggling families. (NHK)
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Japan limits scope for illegal downloads of copyrighted work

November 28, 2019 - 23:03
A government panel has approved a plan to limit the scope for what constitutes illegal downloads of all copyrighted works -- including manga, computer games and literary writings -- reversing its initial plan to restrict wide-ranging online actions. (Japan Today)
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Long hours of gaming adversely affect daily activities: survey

November 27, 2019 - 23:11
People spending long hours at gaming have a tendency to experience adverse effects at school or work and develop physical or mental problems, a Japanese national health institute's survey showed Wednesday. (Japan Today)
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Japan's births headed for biggest crash in 30 years

November 26, 2019 - 23:09
Japanese births are on pace for the steepest drop in three decades, plunging even by comparison to the declines in recent years, despite earlier hopes that couples would ring in the new Imperial era with an addition to the family. (Nikkei)
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Parents denied visitation rights in Japan to keep fighting gov't in court

November 25, 2019 - 23:57
Lawyers for parents separated from their children in Japan said on Monday they would appeal a court decision that the government was not responsible for enforcing visitation rights. (Japan Today)
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Teacher at prince's school in Tokyo admits kicking student and breaking his rib, sources say

November 21, 2019 - 23:57
A teacher at a prestigious Tokyo junior high school allegedly kicked a student as corporal punishment in mid-September and left him with a broken rib, investigative and other sources with the knowledge of the matter said Thursday. (Japan Times)
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