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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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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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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


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


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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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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Youths believe the fault lies in the stars, not themselves, for where they are 

“You made a choice to join the imperial family by marrying Dad. But Mako and I didn’t have another option. We were born into it. All we want is an ordinary life!” This is what Princess Kako (right) allegedly told her mother during a quarrel over the controversial marriage between her older sister Mako (left) and commoner Komuro Kei, whose….Read more

  • October 28, 2021
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POLITICS > Elections

Focus: Japan’s lagging youth vote may turn corner during pandemic

By Ayano Shimizu   TOKYO – Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the upcoming national election will be held to “select the future” of Japan, but it remains to be seen whether young people will show up at the polls to influence the direction of the nation despite efforts to turn them out.   There has been one general election since….Read more

  • October 26, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 2:47 p.m.
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