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Second Marine misidentified in iconic Iwo Jima picture

October 17, 2019 - 23:03
The U.S. Marine Corps on Thursday acknowledged an error in the identity of a second Marine pictured lifting the American flag over Iwo Jima in one of the most iconic photographs of World War II. (Japan Times)
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Japan's lenders bankroll scholarships to dodge negative rates

October 17, 2019 - 23:01
Japanese commercial banks have been snapping up zero-coupon debt issued by a state-backed scholarship body in the latest twist in the the Bank of Japan's negative rate campaign where no-interest loans can be a good deal for lenders. (Nikkei)
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Survey: Child suicide rate reaches 30 year high

October 17, 2019 - 22:51
Japan's education ministry says 332 school children committed suicide in the year through March, the highest number since records began in 1988. (NHK)
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Japan needs to address its child poverty problem

October 16, 2019 - 22:16
With a rapidly aging and declining population, human capital is one of Japan's most precious resources. Yet despite Japan's need to draw on every individual in the workforce, there is a section of the population whose potential is being overlooked: children in poverty. (Nikkei)
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School lunches keep Japan's kids topping nutrition lists

October 15, 2019 - 22:40
Japan manages a rare feat for a developed country when it comes to feeding its children -- high scores for nutrition but very low obesity rates. One major key? School lunches. (Japan Today)
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Human pyramids continue in Kobe schools as injuries mount to 51, mayor's pleas to stop unanswered

October 11, 2019 - 20:50
In the month of October Japan celebrates “Sports Day” which is the anniversary of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and a holiday to inspire exercise for all. Around this time, schools all over the country hold Sports Festivals where they take part in a variety of physical activities from dancing to relay races. (
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Lost chapter of world's first novel found in Japanese storeroom

October 10, 2019 - 21:24
The oldest written copy of part of the 11th-century Japanese epic The Tale of Genji, has been found in the home of a Tokyo family with ancestral ties to a feudal lord. (
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No. of Japanese language institutions soars in Asia: survey

October 10, 2019 - 21:21
About 3.85 million people studied Japanese at a record 18,604 institutions overseas in fiscal 2018, with the number of institutions soaring in Asia, according to a survey released this week. (Kyodo)
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Fertility crash: Japan's births headed below 900,000 this year

October 6, 2019 - 22:25
The number of babies born in Japan is declining even faster than expected, highlighting the need to support families in order to avert even greater strain on the nation's social safety net and economy. (Nikkei)
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Schoolteacher bullied by colleagues; curry rubbed against eyes

October 4, 2019 - 22:07
A male teacher at an elementary school in western Japan has complained of being bullied by four senior colleagues, claiming they daubed curry on his body and rubbed spicy soup against his eyes, a local education board said Friday. (Japan Today)
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'I can barely make ends meet': Low-income families in Japan fret over tax hike

October 1, 2019 - 22:19
The consumption tax hike to 10 percent Tuesday has left low-income households already struggling to make ends meet worrying about how to cope with the higher cost of living. (Japan Times)
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20% of male govt. officials take childcare leave

October 1, 2019 - 01:17
A record high percentage of Japan's male government officials took childcare leave in the fiscal year that ended in March. (NHK)
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Gov't to study whether to introduce joint custody of children

September 27, 2019 - 22:09
The Justice Ministry said Friday it will launch a study by the end of this year on whether to introduce a system of joint custody in Japan, where child custody is awarded to one parent after divorce. (Japan Today)
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20,000 foreign kids may have no education in Japan

September 27, 2019 - 21:50
Japan's education ministry says as many as 20,000 foreign children living in the country are believed not to be receiving school education. (NHK)
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Bullying in college: Top things you have never heard

September 27, 2019 - 09:33
If you ask people in the street about bullying, the chances are you will hear that most of them believe that bullying is something that happens and stays in high school. (
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3 Japanese named as potential Nobel laureates

September 25, 2019 - 23:04
Three Japanese researchers are among potential Nobel laureates in a list released by a US information service company. This year's winners will be announced beginning October 7. (NHK)
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Private women's university in Miyagi to accept transgender students

September 22, 2019 - 00:21
A private women's university in Miyagi Prefecture said Saturday it will start accepting from April 2021 students who were born male but identify themselves as female, becoming the first private institution to admit such transgender students. (Japan Today)
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Application starts for English test under new college entrance system

September 18, 2019 - 22:11
The operator of a private-sector English proficiency test began accepting applications Wednesday for its tests that will serve as a component of Japan’s new standardized university entrance exam. (Japan Times)
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Japan's elderly population hits record high

September 15, 2019 - 22:44
A Japanese government survey shows the number of people aged 65 or older, and their proportion to the overall population, have both marked record highs. (NHK)
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70% of married women in Japan support same-sex marriage

September 14, 2019 - 23:51
Almost 70 percent of married women in Japan believe that same-sex marriage should be legalized in the country, a government survey of around 6,000 married women showed Friday. (Kyodo)
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