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Societywide Effort Needed to Address School BullyingArai Hajime

Bullying at schools in Japan has become harder to identify as students are often harassed through social-networking sites like Line. The author looks at the approaches necessary to protect children and students from becoming victims.
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Japanese High School Students Passive in Studies: Survey (News)

Tokyo, March 13 (Jiji Press)—Japanese high school students have a passive attitude toward their studies, compared with US, Chinese and South Korean students, a survey showed Monday. According to the survey by the National Institution for Youth Education, 91.2% of Japanese respondents think their classes are designed to have students memorize contents of textbooks, the second-largest group by na…
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Schools Near Fukushima N-Plant Hold Last Graduation Ceremonies (News)

Iwaki, Fukushima Pref., March 1 (Jiji Press)—Five high schools located near Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s disaster-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant held their respective last graduation ceremonies on Wednesday before their planned closures in April. The 11 seniors from Futaba High School stand at attention at their graduation ceremony in Iwaki, Fukushima, on March 1. (© Jiji) Parents a…
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Controversial School Operator Made Pupils Support Abe (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 27 (Jiji Press)—A kindergarten run by the private school operator at the center of a controversial land acquisition deal made its pupils express support for Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō, an opposition lawmaker said Monday. During a meeting of the House of Representatives Budget Committee, Fukushima Nobuyuki of the main opposition Democratic Party said the kindergarten in Osaka…
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English to Become Regular Elementary School Subject in Japan (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 14 (Jiji Press)—Japan's education ministry released draft revisions of the country's curriculum guidelines for elementary and junior high schools on Tuesday, including adoption of English as a regular subject for elementary school fifth- and sixth-graders. Under the curriculum revision plans, a teaching method designed to encourage students to independently find problems and soluti…
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Children’s Cafeterias: Filling the Void for Kids Who Can’t Eat at HomeKanazawa Masumi

A growing number of “children’s cafeterias” across Japan are offering meals at little or no cost to children, mainly from single-parent households, who are not sufficiently fed at home. Kanazawa Masumi, an expert on child welfare, reports on measures that are being taken to tackle the multifaceted problems of child poverty.
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How the JET Program Changed JapanMenju Toshihiro

The JET Program was launched in 1987 and is now celebrating its thirtieth year. Over the decades, more than 60,000 participants have contributed to Japanese communities through such activities as teaching English and working for local governments. They have also encouraged many Japanese people to think more about other cultures and their own place in the world.
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Australian Students Visit Nippon.com as Part of Media and Politics ProgramNippon.com Staff

On September 6, Nippon.com was honored to host members of the Australian National University’s inaugural Media and Politics in Japan study tour. ANU Associate Lecturer James Giggacher and nine ANU undergraduate students traveled to Japan on a two-week program to explore how Japanese media engages with national and local political issues. They were joined on the tour by a group from Ritsumeikan Uni…
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Forum Highlights Novel Approaches to Meeting Society’s Challenges

Nippon Foundation Social Innovation Forum 2016 brought together stakeholders from diverse sectors for three days in September to consider new ways of addressing the key issues confronting Japan, such as depopulation, loss of community, and growing economic disparities.
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“Voluntary” After-School Duties Mean Japanese Teachers Are Busiest in the WorldUchida Ryō

Japanese teachers have the longest working hours in the world. One reason is the effectively mandatory responsibility to oversee students’ extracurricular activities.
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