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Commentary: Japan must restore trust in the future among the young — here’s how

BY MAKIKO EDA, CONTRIBUTING WRITER As the fastest-aging country in the world, Japan urgently needs to restore the younger population’s trust in the future.   The nation is facing economic and societal gridlock due to a vicious cycle: Anemic economic growth in the past three decades has depressed wages, and despite several policy changes, the younger population thus does not….Read more

  • January 18, 2022
  • , The Japan Times
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SOCIETY > Crime

Editorial: Knife attack on entrance examinees a selfish act that leaves us speechless

People are likely to wonder how much time the test takers spent preparing for this day. A boy’s atrocious act, which was intended to ruin such efforts, has inevitably caused outrage.   On Saturday, the first day of the Common Test for University Admissions, two examinees, a boy and a girl, and a 72 year-old man were stabbed with a….Read more

  • January 17, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 3:01 p.m.
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EDUCATION > Universities

Foreign-born children in Japan struggle to enter universities

EUGENE LANG, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Japan’s acute labor shortage has forced the government to increase the number of foreign workers in the country, prompting improvements in public services that target newcomers and help attract more overseas staff.   Still, hurdles remain for people who choose to make Japan their home, especially when it comes to ensuring that….Read more

  • January 8, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 12:00 p.m.
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SOCIETY > Youth

Japanese high schoolers create video to encourage disaster-hit Kentucky

KURUME, Fukuoka — Japanese high school students have created a video to encourage young people in Kentucky, where scores were killed by recent tornadoes. The students have finished editing the video and it will be emailed to a Kentucky high school Wednesday.   In the video, shooting for which took place Friday, 233 students from Miichuo High School in Kurume,….Read more

  • December 22, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 12:56 p.m.
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SOCIETY > Youth

In surprising twist, video-focused SNS leads youths to printed books

A thought-provoking novel penned by a respected writer 32 years ago suddenly became a bestseller in July, with almost 110,000 new copies printed this year alone on top of the 270,000 sold over the past three decades. What kind of people bought Tsutsui Yasutaka’s Zanzo ni Kuchibeni wo (Lipstick on Afterimage), which describes a world in which one hiragana character….Read more

  • December 21, 2021
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University students in Japanese city create app and pamphlet to help foreign residents

NONOICHI, Ishikawa — University students in this central Japan city donated a Japanese language learning app they created to the local government on Dec. 14, plus English information pamphlets they made about contact points for the city’s foreign residents.   Aman Semwal, a sophomore at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology (KIT)’s College of Engineering in Nonoichi, Ishikawa Prefecture, who developed….Read more

SOCIETY > Youth

Loved and remembered: The legacies of two young Americans

Ebara Miki NHK World Chief International Correspondent / Executive Producer   The massive earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan in March 2011 claimed more than 18,000 lives, including those of two young Americans: Montgomery Dickson and Taylor Anderson.   They worked under the government-sponsored Japan Exchange and Teaching program, and had become much-loved members of their respective communities. Ten years later, their legacies continue….Read more

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Schools across nation fighting rampant surge of online bullying

In a sign of the times, the Mie prefectural board of education patrols the internet instead of schools and classrooms looking for bullying linked to children and students in the prefecture.   Under the specialized app put in operation in June last year, when comments connected to bullying and other inappropriate posts are discovered by citizens, they are kept as….Read more

  • November 9, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 7:30 a.m.
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POLITICS

Study: Japan’s school closures in 2020 did little to curb COVID-19

By Komiyama Ryoma, staff writer   Nationwide school closures in spring last year were not effective in containing the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to a study of 847 municipalities in Japan.   The number of new COVID-19 cases was, in fact, more likely to be higher in municipalities that closed schools than in those that did not, researchers….Read more

  • November 4, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 6:38 p.m.
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SCIENCE > Health

Half of parents to wait, see on kids’ vaccination, Nomura Research Institute survey

Tokyo, Oct. 30 (Jiji Press)–About half of parents of children aged below 12 in Japan plan to take a wait-and-see stance for a while if COVID-19 vaccination becomes available for such children, a survey by Nomura Research Institute Ltd. <4307> has shown.     The survey found that 53.5 pct of 1,953 parents want their children aged under 12 to receive….Read more

  • October 30, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 7:09 p.m.
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