May 27
The government is set to make clear in its guideline that discriminatory acts against sexual minorities are regarded as sexual harassment, as Japan steps up efforts to preserve their basic human rights, officials said Thursday. (Japan Times)
May 24
Only 33.2 pct of people in Japan believe that men and women should share an equal burden in child rearing, lower than the proportions in three European countries, a Japanese government report showed Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
May 23
Japan’s total fertility rate in 2015 rose 0.04 point from the previous year to a 21-year high of 1.46, aided by indications of economic recovery, the health ministry said Monday. (Kyodo)
May 21
Japan will accept as students 150 Syrian refugees and Syrians being evacuated within the Middle East country ravaged by civil war, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday. (Jiji Press)
May 21
The Japanese government said Friday that 97.3 pct of new university graduates in the country had found jobs by April 1, with the employment rate improving for five straight years to hit the highest level since the survey started in April 1997. (Jiji Press)
May 19
Japan will aim to bring down to zero the number of children on waiting lists for nursery school admissions by the end of fiscal 2017, according to a medium- to long-term plan released by the government Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
May 18
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May 18
About 2,100 students at municipal elementary and junior high schools in the city of Kumamoto, or 3.5 pct of the total number of such students, should consult with school counselors on whether they need to go to hospital to treat acute stress disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder they might have suffered in the recent series of strong earthquakes in Kumamoto Prefecture and other parts of the Kyushu southwestern Japan region, a survey by the city has found. (Jiji Press)
May 17
The 29th Yamamoto Shugoro Prize will be given to Kanae Minato for her book “Utopia,” the award’s screening committee said Monday. (Japan Times)
May 15
Education ministers from the Group of Seven countries opened a 2-day meeting on Saturday in Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture, western Japan. (NHK)