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91 test positive for coronavirus in Shimane high school cluster

August 11, 2020 - 07:04
Ninety-one people at a high school in Shimane Prefecture have tested positive in recent days for the novel coronavirus in a cluster outbreak centered on the boys’ soccer team, according to local authorities. (Japan Times)
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Japan’s schoolgirl pin-ups

August 9, 2020 - 22:34
Unreported World is in Japan to meet some of the country’s ‘Junior Idols’. (Unreported World)
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Why is Japan's gender gap so wide?

August 8, 2020 - 21:45
Japan is Asia's first industrialised economy, yet it ranks 121, below Angola on the Gender Gap Index. (CNA)
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Fears of heat exhaustion grow as Japan's schools extend summer classes

August 7, 2020 - 21:09
Teachers and education officials are calling for students to pay special heed to the risk of heat exhaustion this summer as schools across Japan shorten their summer holidays and hold more classes than usual to make up for closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (Japan Times)
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Hiroshima A-bomb victims remembered after 75 years

August 6, 2020 - 02:54
People in Japan are taking a moment to pause and remember the victims of a catastrophic event. (NHK)
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Japan's population drops for 11 years in a row

August 5, 2020 - 20:39
The population of Japan has fallen for the 11th straight year. The amount of the decline has set a record for six years in a row. (NHK)
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NHK to halve number of satellite TV channels

August 5, 2020 - 04:49
NHK will reduce the number of its satellite television channels from the current four to two.

The public broadcaster announced Tuesday it also plans to consolidate its two AM radio channels into one. (Japan Times)

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International school teachers exempt from Japan's COVID-19 entry ban, foreign minister says

August 4, 2020 - 21:45
The government said Tuesday it has been allowing the entry of foreign nationals teaching at international schools and their families as exceptions to the travel ban imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. (Japan Times)
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Japan to update English translations of business laws by FY2022

August 4, 2020 - 06:11
The Ministry of Justice will update the English translations of Japan's business-related laws and regulations. (Nikkei)
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Students face shortened summer vacations in Japan

August 3, 2020 - 21:28
Students in Japan are having a much shorter summer break this year to make up for classes that were cancelled in the spring due to the coronavirus pandemic. (NHK)
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Japan's paternity leave acquisition rate stays low

August 2, 2020 - 21:43
Data compiled by Japan's welfare ministry shows the proportion of male workers who took paternity leave in 2019 edged up from the previous year but still remained low. (NHK)
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Popular YouTube channel documents what it is like to be black in Japan

August 1, 2020 - 21:06
Popular YouTube channel and website The Black Experience Japan features interviews with dozens of black residents of Japan. (
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Japanese parents and sports coaches need to stop hitting children

August 1, 2020 - 18:23
The shocking revelations contained in the report "I Was Hit So Many Times I Can't Count," released by Human Rights Watch on July 20 exposing the abuse of child athletes in Japan, came as no surprise to those of us close to the world of Japanese sports administration. (Nikkei)
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Japan women, men's life expectancy in 2019 stays in world top three

July 31, 2020 - 09:32
Japanese women and men retained second and third places, respectively, on the world's average life expectancy ranking in 2019 as both groups topped a previous record for the eighth straight year, health ministry data showed Friday. (Kyodo)
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Roppongi hostesses provided with coronavirus countermeasures

July 31, 2020 - 05:58
An adviser for a health division at Minato Ward this week provided guidance to bar hostesses in the Roppongi entertainment quarter about how to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, reports TBS News (July 27). (
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Japan finally announced a fee for plastic bags. Will that stop its obsession with plastic?

July 30, 2020 - 19:21
Single bananas. Hard boiled eggs. Chocolate chip cookies. In convenience stores across Japan these items all have something in common: they are routinely sold tightly swaddled in plastic wrapping. (CNN)
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Japan to conduct its first nationwide coronavirus-linked mental health survey

July 27, 2020 - 11:55
The health ministry will conduct its first nationwide survey, possibly as early as next month, to look into how the coronavirus pandemic has affected mental health, according to ministry and other sources. (Japan Times)
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English teachers face unique challenge amid pandemic

July 25, 2020 - 21:46
Many schools across Japan resumed classes in mid-June after a months-long closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. Teachers are scrambling to get their programs back on track with new educational methods that are both safe and effective. (NHK)
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Government clamps down on foreign research ‘leaks’

July 23, 2020 - 20:47
Against the backdrop of mounting tensions between Western nations and China, Japan is taking new steps to safeguard its own advanced research, including tightening the screening of foreign students and researchers to prevent leaks to foreign countries of advanced technologies, particularly those with possible military applications. Visas for foreign researchers will be more closely reviewed. (
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Retweeting pics can now get you in legal trouble in Japan

July 23, 2020 - 00:01
Using Twitter in Japan just got a lot more complicated. The country’s Supreme Court has ruled that users who retweet copyright-infringing images can have their details passed onto rightsholders — whether they knew the pic was in violation or not. (
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