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Young Bloods: Japanese Boxing’s High-flying ProdigiesDavid McMahon

On April 6, Kanagawa-born boxer Inoue Naoya defeated the Mexican Adrian Hernandez in six rounds to win the WBC light flyweight title. In an impressive victory, Inoue confidently and quickly broke down and stopped his experienced opponent, who had been in possession of the WBC belt for most of the last three years and was making his fifth defense. Indeed, Hernandez had won all but three of his 3…
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A Growing Demographic: The Isolated and Non-employedGenda Yūji

Despite indications that Japan may finally be heading for an economic recovery, one serious malady continues to afflict the country: a rapidly increasing population of unmarried and unemployed people aged 20 to 59. Professor Genda Yūji of the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Social Science, who introduced the concept of the “Solitary Non-Employed Person,” sounds the alarm.
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Bound by the Web: Internet Addiction in JapanHashimoto Yoshiaki

The Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare estimates that as many as 518,000 junior high and high school students across the country may be addicted to the Internet. Using data from various surveys of social media use, Professor Hashimoto Yoshiaki of the University of Tokyo examines the background to Internet addiction and looks at what can be done about it.
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Will the International Baccalaureate Take Off in Japan?Iwasaki Kumiko

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program has emerged as a centerpiece of educational reforms designed to equip Japanese citizens for leadership roles in a global economy. But can Japan’s notoriously inflexible education system accommodate a curriculum designed in the West and taught in English?
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A Surprising Shift in Young People’s Attitudes: Why Do More Favor Full-Time Homemaking?Honda Yuki

A recent government survey revealed an increase in support for the traditional family model of a breadwinner husband and homemaker wife, particularly among those in their twenties. Honda Yuki considers the possible explanations for this development.
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“Anime” and “Manga” Take Root in ChinaKobayashi Sayuri

Japanese subculture is surprisingly popular in China these days, particularly anime and manga. This article sheds some light on what’s driving this popularity.
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The Untapped Potential of Japan and Its Young PeopleNariai Osamu

For Japan, 2011 was a year of disasters. What lessons can be gained from that turbulent year, which saw the outbreak of a global crisis of sovereign risk, fears of the second economic downturn since the 2008 financial crisis, and growing unemployment; and what are its challenges for 2012? Despite the unprecedented disaster arising from the March 11 earthquake and nuclear accident, the public se…
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If It’s Not “Kawaii,” How Can It Be Smart?

A key question faces Japan’s mobile phone industry: When will young women make the switch to smartphones? This demographic has driven mobile phone development for a decade or so, and young women’s tastes have inspired only-in-Japan innovations that have given conventional handsets uniquely convenient—and cute!—functions found nowhere else.
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