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Japan-America Student Conference held for first time in three years

NHK reported that the Japan-America Student Conference, an exchange program between Japanese and American students launched in 1934, was held for the first time in three years in Annapolis, Maryland. The network explained that the program was suspended in 2019 due to the spread of COVID-19. Past participants reportedly include former Prime Minister Miyazawa, former Secretary of State Kissinger, and….Read more

  • August 25, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

Students report on assistance to Ukrainian evacuees

Tokyo, July 7 (Jiji Press)–A meeting was held in Tokyo on Thursday to share reports by students who were dispatched from Japan to Poland to support evacuees from Ukraine who fled Russia’s invasion.     The meeting was hosted by the Nippon Foundation and its Volunteer Center, which sent the students.     Thirty students engaged in volunteer activities for about two….Read more

  • July 7, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 10:17 p.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

Young people should experience the U.S. firsthand

By Aoyama Naoatsu, business news department in Tokyo   U.S. President Joe Biden emphasized the bonds between Japan and the United States during a joint press conference with Prime Minister Kishida Fumio on May 23. He said, “In recent years, the alliance between Japan and the United States. has grown stronger, deeper, and more capable.” The rising tensions in the….Read more

  • June 23, 2022
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POLITICS

Japan’s youth urge people to focus on climate change ahead of upper house election

TOKYO — Young people across Japan took to the streets on July 3 to raise political parties’ and voters’ awareness about measures to fight climate change ahead of the July 10 House of Councillors election.   “Fridays For Future Japan” planned rallies in cities including Tokyo and Kyoto to urge people to make the climate crisis a major election campaign….Read more

  • July 4, 2022
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POLITICS > Elections

Schools, students striving to boost youth voter turnout

Tokyo, July 1 (Jiji Press)–With less than 10 days until the House of Councillors election, schools and students in Japan are striving to encourage young people to cast ballots.     They hope to boost the voter turnout among young people, which has remained low since the minimum voting age was lowered to 18 from 20 in 2016.     The July 10….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 11:12 p.m.
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SOCIETY

Japanese youth’s mental well-being a concern as many report low satisfaction levels

TOKYO — Though physically healthy, Japan’s children have been suffering from a poor mental state, according to a well-being report released by UNICEF in 2020. The survey, which compared the levels of happiness in children from 38 countries, saw Japan rank first for physical health, but 37th for mental well-being.    In addition to high suicide rates among young people,….Read more

  • June 29, 2022
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POLITICS

Japan enacts law to launch new agency to tackle children’s issues

TOKYO — Japan’s parliament on Wednesday enacted legislation to set up a new government agency to oversee children-related policies as the country tries to tackle increasingly complex issues such as child abuse.   The new organization, expected to be named the “children and families agency,” is due to launch in April 2023. It will unify policies across multiple government ministries and entities to….Read more

  • June 15, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 1:30 p.m.
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POLITICS

Japan lower house OKs bill to launch agency for children

Tokyo, May 17 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill to set up a government agency for children and families, a signature policy of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.     At a plenary meeting, the lower chamber of the Diet, the country’s parliament, approved the bill by a majority vote with support from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, its….Read more

  • May 17, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 7:05 p.m.
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SOCIETY > Youth

Japan’s child population declines for 41 years in row

Tokyo, May 4 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s estimated population of children under 15 years old as of April 1 fell by 250,000 from a year earlier to 14.65 million, marking the 41st consecutive year of decline, the internal affairs ministry said Wednesday before Thursday’s Children’s Day in the country.   The latest figure, the lowest since comparable data began in 1950, is….Read more

  • May 4, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 6:39 p.m.
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SOCIETY > Youth

Draft bill not to include 18- and 19-year-olds’ right to back out of adult video contract

By Hisanaga Ryuichi   With the revised Civil Code that came into force in April, lowering the legal age of adulthood to 18, there arose the issue of young adults aged 18 and 19 who appear in adult videos not being able any longer to abrogate contracts on the grounds that they are “underage.”   On April 20, the ruling….Read more

  • April 21, 2022
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