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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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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
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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
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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

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