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Rebels with the cause of escaping unjust school rules

Last year a 19-year-old Tokyo woman filed an unusual lawsuit seeking compensation from her high school for emotional distress she suffered in her senior year. She claims to have been hounded by its administrators to drop out or face expulsion for flouting the ban on dating. The high school, which is known for demanding students adhere to strict “ethical principles,”….Read more

  • April 7, 2022
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Support for forced porn victims seen harder after adult age lowering

Tokyo, April 4 (Jiji Press)–The lowering of the legal age of adulthood in Japan on Friday has sparked concerns that it may be more difficult to support women under 20 who are coerced into appearing in pornographic videos.   Last year, nonprofit group Paps received 81 consultations about forced appearances in porn, with 20 of them from people below 20,….Read more

  • April 4, 2022
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Japan’s first nationwide child advocacy group launched to prevent abuse

FUKUOKA — Japan’s first nationwide organization promoting the popularization of “child advocacy,” a movement by individuals and groups to speak for the best interests of children suffering from abuse and other conditions to protect their rights, was launched on March 27, with the headquarters set in this southwest Japan city.   Child advocacy is active in the U.K. and other….Read more

  • March 31, 2022
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Japan is set to lower the legal age of adulthood. How will young people be affected?

BY MAGDALENA OSUMI, STAFF WRITER   From April, people age 18 and 19 in Japan will legally be classed as adults and will be given more freedom in making life choices without parental consent — albeit not without criminal responsibilities, due to planned amendments to the Civil Code and Juvenile Law.   What will be changed in this legislation and….Read more

  • March 21, 2022
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Japan eyes entry of 100,000 foreign students by end of May

The government is considering allowing all international students who want to enter Japan to do so by the end of May, in response to the easing of pandemic-related border restrictions.   Using available airline seats on weekdays, the government aims to allow more than 100,000 people to enter the country, sources said.   Prime Minister Fumio Kishida earlier announced a….Read more

  • March 9, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 3:48 p.m.
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Bill proposes judges’ role in protection of abused children

Tokyo, March 4 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government on Friday adopted a bill that proposes examinations by judges be part of procedures to temporarily separate abused children from their parents for protection.     According to the bill to revise the Child Welfare Act, judges will examine requests for approval to protect children filed by child consultation centers within seven days of the start….Read more

  • March 4, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 4:15 p.m.
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Foreign students struggle to find work amid pandemic

The spread of the novel coronavirus is hampering foreign nationals’ efforts to find work in Japan, with many international students unable to secure jobs despite having a degree from a university or vocational school.   Concerns are growing that foreign nationals will stop considering Japan to be a viable option.   ■ Graduation approaching   An interview session for foreign….Read more

  • February 5, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 11:44 a.m.
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SOCIETY > Welfare

Child abuse, domestic violence cases hit record highs in Japan

Tokyo, Feb. 3 (Jiji Press)–The number of suspected child abuse and domestic violence cases in Japan both hit a record high in 2021, a police survey showed Thursday.     “Child abuse and domestic violence tend to stay undetected. We’ll be on increased alert, given social changes such as the spread of coronavirus infections,” a National Police Agency official said.    ….Read more

  • February 3, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 10:19 a.m.
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SCIENCE > Health

COVID-19 cases among young people in Tokyo soared in January

Asahi reported that according to Tokyo Metropolitan Government statistics, the number of people aged 19 or younger who were infected with the coronavirus in the nation’s capital in January accounted for about one-fourth, or 43,760, of all 194,719 cases. While the daily caseload for this age bracket was only 100 on Jan. 7, the corresponding figure on Jan. 30 was….Read more

  • February 1, 2022
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