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27% of nursery schools need psychological support for staff

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At least 27% of nursery schools in Japan are in need of psychological support for their staff, a government survey showed Sunday, at a time when the country faces the task of reducing the number of children on nursery waiting lists. The ratio of nursery schools which do not have… Read

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Service helping grandparents stay in touch seeing growth in Japan

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Two online services using technology to allow grandparents to overcome the distance between them and their grandchildren are proving popular in Japan. One is provided by "Mago Channeru" (Grandchildren Channel), introduced by Tokyo-based startup Chikaku Inc. in 2016. Using the technology, family members can watch on television high-quality images and… Read

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M5.6 quake rocks central Japan

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An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 shook Nagano Prefecture on Sunday morning, the weather agency said. The quake at 7:02 a.m. originated at a shallow depth of 7 kilometers in the mountainous region and registered upper 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in Otaki and… Read

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Paraglider dies after hitting power lines

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A 57-year-old paraglider died after he hit power lines in Nagatoro, Saitama Prefecture, police said Sunday. According to police, the incident occurred at around 12:20 p.m. Saturday. The paraglider was identified as Saburo Ichikawa, Fuji TV reported. Witnesses said they saw Ichikawa descend suddenly and hit the power lines connecting… Read

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Gov't starts airing announcement on protection from N Korean missile attack

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The government has begun airing a television announcement suggesting how civilians should protect themselves in the event of a missile attack from North Korea. The 30-second broadcast, which will be aired by 43 main and local television stations across the nation through July 6, says that people will be informed… Read

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Proud of dwarfism, woman keeps pursuing dreams

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Life for Hitomi Goto had always been about trying to blend in and the envy she felt as a person dealing with dwarfism from an early age, especially when it came to the fashion of her peers. But the 27-year-old Goto now sees herself in a different light: a standout… Read

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Regulator urges background checks on students, researchers working at reactors

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Japan's nuclear regulator has urged universities to conduct background checks on students and researchers working at research reactors, as a step to ensure the proper handling of nuclear materials and prevent terrorism. The check items include mental disorder and criminal records and those who have access to strictly controlled nuclear… Read

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16-year-old cyclist killed after being hit by car in Tochigi

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A 16-year-old boy was killed after he was hit by a car while he was riding his bicycle in Shimotsuke, Tochigi Prefecture, on Friday. According to police, the incident occurred at around 9:30 p.m. Fuji TV reported that the boy, Shohei Takahashi, was riding his bike home along a national… Read

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U.S. Navy to hold Japan memorial for sailors killed in crash

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The U.S. Navy said Friday it will hold a memorial ceremony for seven sailors killed when their destroyer collided with a container ship off Japan's coast last weekend. The service will be held on Tuesday at the naval base in Yokosuka, southwest of Tokyo, where the badly damaged destroyer USS… Read

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Three heroes honored for miracle intervention in a highway accident in Chiba

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Luck or fate is something that swings both ways. One day you find some money on the ground only to accidentally leave it in a vending machine another day. Sometimes these swings are so intense one can only watch in amazement of them. For example, at about 7:50 a.m. on… Read

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