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Kanji ‘Toilet Training’ Is a Hit With Kids

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JAPAN TIMES
 
One of the great incentives for learning Japanese is to appreciate the people’s rich sense of humor. I kid you not: Along with traditional performances such as 漫才 (manzai, comic dialogue) and 落語 (rakugo, traditional storytelling), the written and spoken language is full of outra...

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Education Ministry Finds Documents Apparently Supporting Abe Favoritism Claims

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THE JAPAN NEWS
 
TOKYO - The education ministry said Thursday that its internal probe has found documents similar in substance to those presented by opposition lawmakers supporting allegations of favoritism against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The probe was relaunched recently after news reports an...

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Abe Delays Goal of No Waiting List for Daycare Centers by 3 Years

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 JAPAN TODAY
 
TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday announced a three-year delay in the government's goal of eliminating long waiting lists for daycare centers, an issue that has captured media attention amid a flood of pleas from working parents.
The government now aims to eliminate th...

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Disaster Education / ‘Survival Class’ Helps Pupils Prepare

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THE JAPAN NEWS
 
Some elementary schools have begun to designate disaster preparation education as a subject to be taught to students in grades one to six.
“Buildings will be buried if there’s a landslide, so we built a retaining wall.”
Children in a sixth-grade class at the municipal Hirayama El...

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English Skills Help Teaching Applicants

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THE JAPAN NEWS
 
Half of the 68 boards of education nationwide favored applicants with good English skills in the hiring process for public elementary school teachers this past academic year, according to a government survey.
According to the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Min...

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Future International Leaders Discuss Sustainability in Yokohama

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THE JAPAN NEWS
 
 YOKOHAMA — About 50 university students from 13 countries gathered in Yokohama to discuss how to build a sustainable society at an international conference held by Global Next Leaders Forum, an organization of university students who wish to be leaders of future generations.
Par...

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Big Strides

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THE JAPAN NEWS
 
Students at Miyanomori Elementary School in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, walk in their brand-new wooden school building Tuesday on the first day of the third term. The school was established in April 2016 through the integration of Nobiru Elementary School, which was dam...

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English Words to be Added to ‘Stop’ and ‘Slow’ Signs

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THE JAPAN NEWS
 
The National Police Agency is set to renew Japan’s stop and slow down signs by adding English words to the current designs, ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, according to sources.
As the number of visitors from abroad is expected to increase, the new signs are aim...

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800 Teachers Rewarded For Feedback On Textbooks Being Screened But Everything Seemed Above-board

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JAPAN TIMES
 
More than 800 public school teachers involved in textbook selections for local schools were rewarded for giving publishers feedback on textbooks undergoing government screening, the education ministry said Thursday.
Of the public school teachers whom publishers showed their textbook...

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