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Students take stand against rising number of sexual violence cases at Japan's universities

August 7, 2019 - 22:11
With a rising number of sexual violence cases on and off campus in recent times, some university students have begun signature-collection campaigns to petition their schools to deliver safer learning environments. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo public schools will stop forcing students to dye their hair black, official promises

August 3, 2019 - 23:23
The overwhelming majority of middle and high school students in Japan are required to wear uniforms, and so it’s no surprise that Japanese schools tend to have lots of other rules governing students’ personal appearance. One that’s been attracting controversy in recent years, though, is a requirement at some schools that all students must have black hair. (Japan Today)
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Japan to toughen eligibility standards for Japanese-language schools

August 1, 2019 - 23:14
Japan’s Immigration Services Agency said Thursday it will toughen eligibility standards for Japanese-language schools that can accept foreign students, effective Sept. 1. (Japan Times)
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Nationwide test results highlight Japanese students' poor English speaking and writing skills

August 1, 2019 - 23:12
Third-year students in Japan’s junior high schools struggle with speaking and writing in English, according to the results of this year’s nationwide achievement test conducted by the education ministry. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo: P.E. teacher accused of sex with pupil

August 1, 2019 - 22:55
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 35-year-old teacher at a public middle school in Adachi Ward for allegedly engaging in sex with a female pupil last year, reports TV Asahi (Aug. 1). (
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Japanese average life expectancy at record high

July 30, 2019 - 21:39
The average life expectancy reached a record high for both male and female Japanese people last year. It was more than five years longer than in 1989, the year the three-decade Japanese era of Heisei started. (NHK)
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School issues are No. 1 reason behind youth suicides in 2018, Japanese government white paper finds

July 16, 2019 - 23:09
School-related matters led to more suicides last year among youth aged between 10 and 19 than any other issue, the government said Tuesday in its annual paper on the topic. (Japan Times)
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Princess Mako visits Machu Picchu

July 14, 2019 - 22:30
Japan's Princess Mako has visited the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru and a village that once had a Japanese immigrant as its chief. (NHK)
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Japan's population down for 10th straight year

July 10, 2019 - 23:39
The population of Japanese nationals has fallen for the 10th straight year, while the ratio of foreign residents topped 2 percent for the first time. (NHK)
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Princess Mako leaves for South America

July 9, 2019 - 23:17
Princess Mako left Japan on Tuesday for Peru and Bolivia, where she will attend ceremonies marking the 120th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants. It is the first time for the princess to visit the two South American countries. (NHK)
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Miyagi: Middle school teacher accused of possessing marijuana

July 8, 2019 - 23:41
Miyagi Prefectural Police have arrested a 30-year-old male middle school teacher over the alleged possession of marijuana in Sendai City, reports the Sankei Shimbun (July 7). (
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Log boat attempts to reach Okinawa from Taiwan

July 7, 2019 - 23:16
A log boat set off from Taiwan on Sunday on a journey of more than 200 kilometers to Yonaguni Island in Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan. (NHK)
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Junior high school student in Saitama stabbed to death by classmate

July 7, 2019 - 01:08
A male junior high school student died Saturday after being stabbed the previous day by a fellow student in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, according to police. (Japan Today)
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TOEIC drops out of Japan's new university entrance exam

July 3, 2019 - 00:09
The Japanese operator of TOEIC said Tuesday it will not provide its English proficiency test as part of the country's standardized university entrance exam system due to start next April, because the process is too complicated. (Japan Today)
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Universities divided over whether or not to enforce no-smoking rules

July 1, 2019 - 01:08
With Japan’s revised health promotion law, which includes enhanced measures against secondhand smoke, set to partially take effect at the beginning of July, universities across the country are divided over rules governing smoking. (Japan Times)
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Japan bans indoor smoking in public spaces

July 1, 2019 - 00:46
A new Japanese law took effect on Monday to prevent the spread of passive smoke, and bans indoor smoking in public spaces. (NHK)
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Universities lure foreign students on falling population

June 28, 2019 - 00:23
Universities conducting classes in English, intellectual debates between foreign and Japanese students where new ideas are created — these are just some of the things the central government envisions for the nation’s higher education in order to become a magnet for talented researchers and students alike. (Japan Times)
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Foreigners underuse highly-skilled visa system

June 26, 2019 - 23:28
Japanese officials say a survey shows that a visa system the country uses to benefit highly-skilled foreign workers is not being widely used. They say many of those eligible don't take advantage of it. (NHK)
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Japan aims to provide one computer to every student by 2025

June 25, 2019 - 21:16
Japan aims to make a computer terminal available to every school student by around fiscal 2025, the education ministry said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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