Jan 19
Osaka police have referred the mother of a teenage pop performer to prosecutors on suspicion of allowing her daughter to skip school. (NHK)

Jan 17
A smoking ban inside restaurants is one of the main pillars aimed at preventing damage from passive smoking in a draft revision to the Health Promotion Law, according to sources. (

Jan 16
Students and graduates of high schools across Japan have completed the unified college entrance examinations. (NHK)

Jan 14
The National Center for University Entrance Examinations on Saturday begin two days of tests across the nation. The center said that 575,966 students-12,198 more than last year-are sitting for the exams at 691 test centers nationwide. (Japan Today)

Jan 12
China will bring forward the start date of the country’s war with Japan by six years in education textbooks, a move that is expected to “strengthen patriotic education,” state media reported. (Japan Times)

Jan 12
Another wave of Brazilians of Japanese descent is moving to Japan in search of jobs. (Jiji)

Jan 10
A middle school teacher in the town of Soeda caused three male students to pass out by grabbing them by their shirts as punishment for harassing a female student, TV Asahi reported on Monday. (

Jan 10
The government is planning to financially support libraries of public high schools across the nation to purchase newspapers, sources said. (

Jan 09
Monday was Coming of Age Day in Japan. Municipalities across the country held ceremonies for those turning 20 years old. (NHK)

Jan 09
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike’s private political school held examinations Saturday to screen students hoping to run in the metropolitan assembly election slated for the summer. (