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Research Team Creates Goggle-like Device That Can Test for Glaucoma

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THE JAPAN NEWS
 
A team of university researchers and others have developed a medical device shaped like goggles that can diagnose glaucoma (see below), the leading cause of blindness in Japan.
Glaucoma patients gradually lose their vision. The goggles, which can diagnose the eye condition throug...

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‘Furusato Nozei’ Donations Sought for Schools

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THE JAPAN NEWS
 
Movements are spreading around the nation to support school education through donations via the “furusato nozei” hometown tax payment system (see below).
Many local governments are in severe fiscal conditions, and some are soliciting donations for specific purposes, such as the p...

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Mothers Create Book on Raising Children with Disabilities

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THE JAPAN NEWS
 
A group of Tokyo mothers whose children have severe mental or physical handicaps requiring medical care, such as the use of an artificial respirator, have published a guidebook about improving the home life of children with disabilities and their families.
“Ouchi de kurasu guideb...

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Apps Aim to Make English Learning Easier, More Fun

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THE JAPAN NEWS
 
For the many people who may set a New Year’s goal of learning English, it’s a good idea to take advantage of smartphone applications to learn in one’s spare time. With such apps, other study materials don’t have to be carried around and English learning can take place at any time...

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Grant-type System Coming For Students

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THE JAPAN NEWS
 
There are university and vocational school students who take out student loans to cover their tuition fees and living expenses. Aimed at decreasing the number of students who cannot enroll in school because of dire household finances, the government has decided to launch a grant-...

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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 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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Mt. Takao Provides Opportunity To Study Wealth of Local Nature, Culture

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Last weekend I took my students on our annual field trip up Mt. Takao in western Tokyo. Only 600 meters high, this mountain is ideal for beginning hikers, but also provides abundant opportunities for studying local nature and culture. Our main goal was to identify and map some of...

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Reviving The Joys of Reading Kenji

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Books commemorating the 120th anniversary of the birth of poet and children’s book author Kenji Miyazawa (1896-1933) are being published in droves.
Miyazawa, commonly referred to by his first name, Kenji, is known for his compelling tales and poetry written in powerful language t...

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Elderly People Teach Japanese Through IT

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THE JAPANESE NEWS
 
CHIBA — An information technology company based in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, has started employing elderly people to teach Japanese to people overseas via online video calls.
The aim is to connect elderly people who tend to become isolated, such as those living in nursing hom...

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