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Two-way phenom Ohtani scores twice in year’s top buzzwords

Japanese publishing house Jiyukokuminsha recently announced the top buzzwords of the year in its annual celebration of the latest viral words and newly coined expressions. While most of 2020’s top buzzwords were linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of this year’s words were related to sports and the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.   Among 2021’s top 10 buzzwords were two….Read more

  • December 21, 2021
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“Women who want both kids and a career are greedy.” Huh? 

A handbook issued by the Hiroshima prefectural government to support working mothers is creating a stir. The book, which has the English title, “Working Women ‘Yokubari’ Support Handbook,” attracted attention after the prefecture posted a message on its Twitter account on Nov. 27 announcing that it is distributing the booklet for free. The 50-page handbook, first issued in 2014 and revised in 2020, offers useful information for working mothers on pregnancy and childbirth support systems. The problem lies in its description of the working mothers as yokubari, which means “greedy.”  ….Read more

  • December 21, 2021
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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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
  • , Asahi , NHK
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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
  • , Asahi , Shukan Diamond, Weekly Diamond
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Visionary scholars eschew Japanese harmony for American candor

Syukuro Manabe, a Japanese-born meteorologist at Princeton University, received this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics with two other scientists for his work in helping the world understand the effects of global warming. The achievement was met with excitement in Japan, with Prime Minister Kishida Fumio, who once served as the minister of state for science and technology policy, directly congratulating….Read more

  • October 28, 2021
  • , Nikkei , TV Asahi
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Whether Japan will ever be led by a woman depends on women

The recent LDP presidential election, which was effectively a race to select the next prime minister, gained a lot of media attention, partly because two of the four contenders—Takaichi Sanae and Noda Seiko—were female. Although neither was elected, the race offered a glimmer of hope that Japan might have a female leader one day. Asahi (9/20) noted that during the election campaign, the candidates talked about measures to reduce the gender gap that had not been fully addressed in past LDP….Read more

  • October 28, 2021
  • , Asahi
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Alerts don’t spoil story for surprise-averse Generation Z 

Generation Z, or Gen Z for short, refers to people born between the late 1990s and early 2010s. They followed Generation Y, better known as the millennials, who were born between the early 1980s and around 1995 and are expected to make up 75% of the world’s workforce by 2025. Since a lot has already been said and written about the millennials, there is now growing international interest in the generation that succeeds them. Gen Zers tend to be naturally tech-savvy and accustomed to….Read more

  • June 24, 2021
  • , Business Insider Japan
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EDUCATION

As Kyodai’s signboards vanish, so does its tradition of dissent and liberty

Kyoto University (Kyodai) is renowned for luring the nation’s best and brightest. As the second oldest college in Japan after the University of Tokyo, it has long been known as a bastion of scientific thinking.   Up until a few years ago, the Kyodai campus was plastered with eye-catching signs for events and club activities. At first glance, some of….Read more

  • June 24, 2021
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri
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Manga spins ultimate fantasy, a Japanese government led by women

Amid the slow progress of Japan’s efforts to achieve gender equality, Japanese manga artist Yoshinaga Fumi imagined what Japanese society might have been like if women had filled traditionally male roles in the Edo Period (1603–1868). The idea inspired her to create the award-winning manga series Ooku: The Inner Chambers. The term ooku (great interior) refers to the women’s quarters….Read more

  • June 24, 2021
  • , Mainichi
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Japan’s “young carers” finally getting the attention they need 

Children under 18 who need to take care of disabled, ill, or addicted family members are known as “young carers” in Japan. Many of them don’t seek help outside the family and feel stressed and isolated. The Japanese media has begun to report on “young carers,” and there is a growing awareness of the issue in Japan.   NHK (2/5)….Read more

  • April 15, 2021
  • , NHK
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