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Does “keigo” Still Have Its Place in Japan?

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JAPAN TRENDS
As we see more and more young celebrities using informal speech (or tameguchi) on TV, some might question, “Is it acceptable not to use honorific language at all in our everyday life?”
Perhaps the most notable one is Rola, a fashion model who’s actually famous for her use of tameguch...

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Kinki University Sells Catfish That Tastes Like Eel

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JAPAN NEWS
HASHIMA, Gifu (Jiji Press) — Already the first in the world to achieve full-cycle aquaculture of bluefin tuna, Kinki University has embarked on another mission to save an endangered fish prized as a delicacy in Japan — the sale of newly developed catfish that tastes like eel.
The unive...

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Drop The ‘dasai’ And Get ‘yavai’ With High School Slang

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JAPAN TIMES
Keeping up with 流行りの言葉 (hayari no kotoba, trending slang) and 流行語 (ryūkōgo, buzz words) is crucial for high schoolers. The last thing a teenager wants is to be called out on 古い (furui, outdated) lingo by their classmates. And if Mom or Dad are using it, that might as well b...

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Five Reasons Japan’s Karaoke Boxes Are Great Places For Group Study Sessions With Your Classmates

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ROCKET NEWS
Odds are at some point you’ve been part of an after-school study group with your classmates, either to help each other power through a difficult course or cram for an important exam. Maybe you got together at a friend’s place or took over a corner of your local coffee house, but in Ja...

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University of Tsukuba launches Top Global University Project

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NEWS ON JAPAN
 
The University of Tsukuba, one of the selected universities for the Japanese Government's "Top Global University Project", is holding a kick-off symposium on February 14-15 at the Toranomon Hills Forum in Tokyo.
 
Topics cover the future of global education such as quality assuran...

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3,953 public school teachers penalized for corporal punishment in academic '13

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NEWS ON JAPAN
 
The number of public school teachers who were penalized for corporal punishment of students reached a record high of 3,953 in the last academic year, the education ministry announced Friday.
 
About 3,000 of the teachers were subject to disciplinary action such as reprimands and a...

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Japan’s night schools offer hope of a second chance for many

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JAPAN TIMES
 
Takashi Kinoshita, 73, lived most of his adulthood with a secret that until recently he wouldn’t dare divulge even to his children: he was nearly illiterate.
 
As a child, Kinoshita grew up at a time when Japan was still in the grip of postwar poverty. He gave up compulsory educatio...

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In Japanese Universities, Tradition Meets Globalization

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NY TIMES
 
TOKYO — The traditional, mild-mannered appearance of Yuko Tanaka, clad in a kimono and geta sandals, belies the unbending determination of the woman who has become the first female president of one of Japan’s oldest and largest universities.
 
With the curious mixture of quiet Japanese...

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Teaching in Japan, where students bow at the staffroom door

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IRISH TIMES
 
I moved to Japan in 2011, initially for one year, to teach English as an assistant language teacher on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (Jet) programme. I had always wanted to live in a completely different culture and relished the challenge and the sense of the unknown. The push I n...

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University of Tokyo rolls out all-English science degree

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ASIA NIKKEI
 
The University of Tokyo is introducing a new undergraduate course in the School of Science that is open to foreign students and is taught entirely in English.
 
     Called the Global Science Course, the two-year program is open to third-year transfer students from foreign universit...

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