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86% of LGBTs in Japan say they have experienced abusive slurs at school, HRW poll

On May 6, Human Rights Watch (HRW), an international human rights organization, released a report on its survey on school bullying of Japanese lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students. Of the about 450 LGBTs under age 25 who responded to the survey, 86% said that they had heard homophobic slurs from peers or teachers. As many as 29% of….Read more

  • May 7, 2016
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SOCIETY > Culture

Young Japanese prioritize work-life balance over career advancement

Nikkei (4/12) reported that a 31-year-old engineer named Arito Takahashi quit his job at a Tokyo IT firm that required him to work until late at night and on weekends. After four years, he was fed up with a corporate culture that forces young employees to compete with one another for senior positions. He instead opted for a job that….Read more

  • May 4, 2016
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EDUCATION

150,000 Kumamoto children unable to receive education

NHK “News Watch 9” aired a 10-minute report on the current challenges facing school children and teachers in Kumamoto. Of some 600 elementary, junior high, and high schools in Kumamoto, 387 are still closed, leaving as many as 150,000 students unable to receive school education since the powerful earthquakes hit the prefecture earlier this month. The schools remain closed because….Read more

  • April 25, 2016
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EDUCATION

Japan’s triumphant “tiger mom” advocates extreme parenting

Any Japanese mother would feel tremendously proud if her child were able to gain admission into Science Division 3 of the University of Tokyo (“Todai ri-san” for short). This pre-med division sits at the top of the collegiate hierarchy in Japan, accepting only 100 students each year. There is a saying within Japanese education circles that while getting into Todai is….Read more

  • April 6, 2016
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SOCIETY > Youth

Young Japanese leaving stable jobs to give back to society

Instead of seeking stability in life, there are growing moves among the young generation in Japan to give back to society through social enterprises, even at the expense of leaving their stable, and often lucrative, jobs. According to TV-Tokyo’s economic documentary program “Gaia no Yoake” (3/23), a private survey found that among workers in their 20s and 30s, 46% said….Read more

  • April 6, 2016
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SOCIETY > Culture

Vinyl and cassettes making a comeback among “digital natives”

In the 2015 movie bearing his own name, Steve Jobs told his daughter her Sony Walkman was tacky and promised her he would create a music player that would put “somewhere between 500 and 1,000 songs” in her pocket. The movie perhaps portrayed this as the moment the IT mogul came up with the idea for iTunes and the iPod….Read more

  • March 2, 2016
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POLITICS > Elections

Will enfranchised teens spell the end of Japan’s “silver democracy”?

Last year Japan lowered the voting age from 20 to 18. This change will allow some 2.4 million teens to cast their ballots for the first time in the House of Councillors election this summer. Much discussed here is whether this first amendment of the electoral law in 70 years will mean the end of the “silver democracy” in which….Read more

  • February 1, 2016
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SOCIETY > Culture

Young Japanese seek security of government jobs

Ask Japanese college students about their career aspirations and you may be surprised to hear many of them say they would like to work for the government. The most popular “dream job” among young Japanese is civil servant, surpassing jobs at such corporate giants as Toyota, Mitsubishi-UFJ Bank, and Mitsui & Co., according to the results of a survey of….Read more

  • February 3, 2016
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SOCIETY

Less is more for young Japanese

Have you tried “kondo-ing” your closet yet? Marie Kondo, a Japanese organizing consultant who published the best-selling book, “The Life–Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing,” suggests that people should only keep objects and clothes that “spark joy” and throw away everything else in order to enjoy a less stressful and more peaceful life. As….Read more

  • August 26, 2015
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90% of high school freshman have smartphone

(Tokyo Shimbun: October 14, 2014—p. 3) Nearly 90% of first-year high school students have a smartphone, and half of them use a smartphone for over 3 hours on a holiday, according to findings from a fact-finding survey conducted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. Even on a weekday, a little over 30% of them use a smartphone for….Read more

  • October 14, 2014
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