Jul 28
Japanese women relinquished the world’s top spot in average life expectancy at 87.05 years in 2015, overtaken by women from Hong Kong at 87.32 years, according to the welfare ministry’s data released Wednesday. (Japan Today)

Jul 21
The government will introduce new rules on running Japanese language schools to eliminate poorly managed ones and keep the educational quality at an adequate level, sources said Wednesday. (Japan Times)

Jul 20
A bilingual guideline designed for sexual minorities during times of natural disasters has been published in a bid to raise public awareness about problems they may face at emergency shelters. (Japan Times)

Jul 20
A 36-year-old part-time convenience store employee has won the 155th Akutagawa Prize, a prestigious literary award, for a book that explores life in and around convenience stores, the selection committee announced. (Japan Times)

Jul 18
Japanese high school students won three gold medals in the International Physics Olympiad, or IphO, the education ministry has said. (Jiji Press)

Jul 18
Japan’s Education Minister Hiroshi Hase says the government is pleased that UNESCO has recognized buildings designed by Le Corbusier as important assets from the 20th century. (NHK)

Jul 18
In the years immediately following the war, the school lunch program adopted in Japan’s public schools spawned a generation of well-nourished children, and must be credited at least in part for helping to double life expectancy figures since 1945. (Japan Today)

Jul 12
A 19-year-old university student has become the youngest Japanese to scale the highest peaks on each of the 7 continents. (NHK)

Jul 10
Few people snack on baby carrots. Most prefer the sweet, fat, high-calorie fare colloquially known as junk food. (Japan Times)

Jul 09
Researchers say pieces of bronze excavated from the Kinkakuji compound in Kyoto are believed to be from its 7-story tower that no longer exists. The former home of the shogun is known in English as the Golden Pavilion Temple. (NHK)