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This is likely the result of schools being known for having poor labor conditions.

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Tsutomu Kenmochi, a professor at Teikyo University of Science who is well versed in teacher training, commenting on the low number of people applying for public elementary school teaching positions across Japan. It reached a record low of 3.2 people for every available position in fiscal 2018, according to the… Read

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Without a doubt, more young people have come to prefer highballs, cocktails and other such drinks to beer. One reason behind this, in my view, is we have not been able to offer attractive products for the young generation and women.

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Akiyoshi Koji, president, representative director and CEO of Asahi Group Holdings Ltd — which has Asahi Breweries, one of Japan’s major beer companies, under its umbrella, discussing why beer consumption among young people in Japan has been on a steady decline. Read

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Rather than a place people purposefully visit, Ikebukuro has always been more of a transit point. If Ikebukuro can offer a place to develop the next generation of manga writers and artists, its efforts will take root as the area’s characteristics and charms.

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Yoshiyuki Oshita, chief director of the center for arts policy and management at Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co. Tokyo areas such as Shinjuku, Shibuya, Harajuku and Akihabara are known around the world. However, Ikebukuro has failed to fully promote its appeal, so the local ward government is working on… Read

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We need to build a society in which we don’t have to feel guilty about taking days off for medical treatment and nursing care. Providing support to allow people to do both will have an increasing urgency in the coming years.

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Takashi Yamamoto, an Upper House lawmaker and a cancer patient. He was instrumental in enacting the law in 2006 aimed at raising the quality of cancer therapies and spreading the concept of informed consent among patients. Read

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This is completely a Showa system.

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Hiroyuki Yoshiie, a member of a special group in thee ruling Liberal-Democratic Party Headquarters for Revitalization of Education, referring to the Showa Era which lasted from 1926 to 1988. The curriculum for general courses taught in high schools, which has remained untouched since the current system was established after World… Read

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In the lead-up to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, priority was given to making roads that cars could drive through easily, rather than pedestrian safety. Since then, safety measures such as introducing guardrails or creating routes that are harder for cars to speed in have not been widely adopted.

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Yasumi Ito, a professor in safety and medical engineering at the University of Yamanashi and a former car accident researcher at the National Research Institute of Police Science. He says fatal accidents involving pedestrian could have been prevented by increased road safety provisions for pedestrians and drivers. Read

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Psychological studies have proven that sexual abuse victims are sometimes unable to resist, even under circumstances in which it might seem they could put up resistance.

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A spokesperson for a group of victims of sexual abuse and their supporters, Spring. The group has lodged a request to the judiciaries demanding a review of the Criminal Code following a recent ruling by the Nagoya District Court that acknowledged a man had sexually abused his own daughter without… Read

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Japanese dogs are living cultural assets. Their disappearance is equivalent to the disappearance of the history and tradition of a particular region. I want their cultural value to be more widely appreciated.

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Mieko Oguro, professor at Yamazaki University of Animal Health Technology. The six indigenous Japanese dog breeds (Shiba, Akita, Kishu, Kai, Shikoku and Hokkaido) that have been bred in the country for centuries risk disappearing completely amid a decline in their numbers. Read

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I want to create an environment to mourn when someone passes away in Japan.

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Kahn Tahir, 51, a representative of the Beppu Muslim Association. According to the Japan Muslim Association and other sources, it is difficult to obtain consent from local residents for burial in Japan, where cremation is common. With the revised Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law coming into effect, the Muslim… Read

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My mother is almost 90. She still looks after me. When she dies, life will be difficult. I've always thought I'll die right after her.

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Kenji Yamase, 53, who lives in Tokyo with his mother. He doesn’t have a job and stays at home all day. He has been what's called a “hikikomori" on and off for about 30 years, since dropping out of university in his early 20s. Read

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