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What’s for Lunch? A Japanese School Meal from 1952 (Japan in Photos)

A typical Japanese school lunch from 1952 represented by replica food on display at the School Lunch Historical Museum in Kitamoto, Saitama Prefecture. The meal consists of a bun with jam, fried whale with cabbage, and skimmed milk made from powder. (© Jiji)
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Go Gateball! Enthusiastic High Schoolers Revive a Fading Sport

Most people think of gateball as a leisurely sport for the elderly to while away a lazy afternoon. Yet even as older Japanese turn increasingly to more diverse pursuits, the popularity of this “made in Japan” competitive game has been edging up among younger Japanese, particularly high-school students. We visited Aomori Yamada High School, known for its strong sports program and world-class alumni athletes, to look in on one of its most recent additions, the Aomori Yamada Gateball Club.
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60% of Junior High Teachers Hit Overwork Death Threshold (News)

Tokyo, April 28 (Jiji Press)—About 60% of teachers at public junior high schools in Japan worked at least 60 hours per week in fiscal 2016, beyond the dividing line used by the state for determining death from overwork, an education ministry survey revealed Friday. Compared with the previous survey conducted for fiscal 2006, work hours went up for all job titles at public elementary and junior …
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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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“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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One Look Suits All: Japan, Land of UniformsMitamura Fukiko

Japan is full of people in uniform, both at school and on the job. And then there are those who voluntarily don “pseudo-uniforms,” like the standardized suits of student job hunters. Why does the culture of the uniform have such a strong hold on the Japanese?
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Japan’s School Uniforms

In Japan, most schools have uniforms for their students. The distinctive, traditional outfits were originally inspired by military designs, but since the 1980s, new styles have emerged.
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University Entrance Examinations

For many young Japanese, university entrance examinations are the first big challenge of their lives. Every year, hundreds of thousands of students do their best to get the scores they need to be accepted by their chosen universities.
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“Undōkai”: The Day for Sports in JapanMichael Schauerte

Once a year, quite often in October, Japanese elementary schools hold an event called undōkai, or “sports day.” This year was the fifth time for me to get up early on a Saturday to attend the undōkai at my daughters’ elementary school. The event is sort of a big deal in Japan. In fact, the yearly undōkai is the main reason I own an expensive camera equipped with hundreds of (largely unused) fun…
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Anatomy of Japanese BullyingSugimori Shinkichi

School bullying takes on many forms and remains a pervasive aspect of youth around the world. In Japan, highly publicized incidents of bullying continue to shock society, with a government survey showing an ongoing increase in reported cases. Sugimori Shinkichi discusses the cultural and socioeconomic factors behind the epidemic and what adults can do to contain it.
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