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Video of Niigata high school student being bullied goes viral on social media

February 20, 2019 - 23:07
A video of a first-year high school student in Niigata Prefecture being attacked by a group of schoolmates was posted online and went viral on social media, school officials said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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Japan to revise child custody rules to enforce handovers

February 19, 2019 - 23:10
The cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday approved a bill to revise the enforcement of the civil law to enable the handover of a child to a parent who is awarded custody even if the other parent refuses to abide by a court order to transfer guardianship. (Japan Today)
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Court orders ex-classmates to pay Y38.5 mil for bullying-induced suicide in Shiga

February 19, 2019 - 23:07
A Japanese court on Tuesday ordered two former classmates of a junior high school student -- who killed himself in 2011 -- to pay damages totaling about 37.5 million yen, acknowledging that their bullying led to his death. (Japan Today)
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Mother arrested for hitting 6-year-old daughter with futon beater

February 17, 2019 - 01:51
Police in Koga, Ibaraki Prefecture, said Saturday they have arrested a 35-year-old woman on suspicion of abusing her six-year-old daughter by hitting her with a futon beater. (Japan Today)
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UN urges Japan to ban corporal punishment at home

February 7, 2019 - 22:53
A UN committee has urged the Japanese government to legally ban corporal punishment of children at home. (NHK)
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Father suspected of forcing daughter to lie about abuse before her death

February 6, 2019 - 19:21
The father of a 10-year-old girl who died last month at their home near Tokyo forced her to write a letter stating he did not hit her so she would be returned home, a child welfare center said Tuesday, revealing more apparent missteps by authorities in protecting her life. (Japan Today)
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2 Tokyo wards to allow schoolgirls to wear pants

February 3, 2019 - 22:46
Tokyo’s Nakano Ward said Friday that it has decided to allow female students at all municipal junior high schools to pick pants for their uniform from April. (
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Fathers remain missing in the educational puzzle

January 30, 2019 - 19:04
The hallmark of the Heisei Era has been peace. Yet the past three decades have been rattled by a quiet revolution in social norms, from a steady decline in the allure of marriage to a rise in the number of households with only one person. (Japan Times)
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Chiba 1st Japanese city to recognize LGBT couples, common-law marriage

January 30, 2019 - 19:02
In a first for Japan, the city of Chiba held a ceremony Tuesday to issue certificates recognizing the partnerships of sexual minority and common-law couples. (Japan Today)
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Japanese teacher punches high school boy in face; social media on his side

January 23, 2019 - 18:45
On January 15, a 16-year-old first-year student at Tokyo’s Metropolitan Machida Sogo High School got into a heated argument with a teacher in the school hallway. Prior to the argument, the student had been disciplined for wearing an earring to school, in violation of the dress code. (Japan Today)
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Mystery deepens over human bones used as teaching aids at schools in Japan

January 22, 2019 - 19:17
The mystery over the recently discovered use of real human bones as skeleton models at schools has continued to deepen. (Japan Times)
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Unified college and university entrance exams end

January 20, 2019 - 22:53
This year's unified college and university entrance exams in Japan have ended for almost all applicants . (NHK)
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College and university entrance exams underway

January 19, 2019 - 21:06
More than half a million high-school students and graduates across Japan are putting their knowledge to the test at unified college and university entrance exams. (NHK)
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School apologizes after video purportedly shows teacher assaulting student

January 19, 2019 - 21:01
A public high school in Machida City has apologized to a boy after the emergence online of a video that purportedly shows a male teacher assaulting him, reports Fuji News Network (
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Suicides in Japan down for 9th straight year to 37-year low in 2018

January 18, 2019 - 20:54
The number of suicides in Japan dropped 3.4 percent from a year earlier to 20,598 in 2018, down for the ninth year and the lowest in 37 years amid economic recovery, preliminary data by the National Police Agency showed Friday. (Japan Today)
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The global decline of Japanese universities

January 18, 2019 - 20:35
A glance at the World University Rankings, published last September by the Times Higher Education, reveals the following major changes in the rankings compared with the previous year. (Japan Times)
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More people identify as LGBT as social awareness grows in Japan: study

January 11, 2019 - 21:27
At least one in eleven people identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, according to a survey conducted by advertising giant Dentsu Inc., while more than two-thirds of respondents were familiar with the acronym LGBT. (Kyodo)
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Japan weekly apologizes for salacious article that defames female students

January 8, 2019 - 21:26
A major Japanese weekly has apologized for using sexually degrading and discriminatory terms against women in part of an article on dating parties amid growing criticism shared in an online petition campaign. (Kyodo)
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Nine-year-old to become youngest Go professional

January 5, 2019 - 22:40
A nine-year-old Japanese girl is set to become the youngest professional player of the Asian board game "Go." (NHK)
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Number of new Japanese adults up slightly on New Year's Day

December 31, 2018 - 21:50
The number of Japanese aged 20, the legal age of adulthood, on New Year’s Day will be 1.25 million, up 20,000 from a year earlier, according to a government estimate released Monday. (Japan Times)
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