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“How I learned to stop worrying and eat Japanese school lunches,” by P.K. Sanjun

A touching tale in which our brave reporter overcame his daily battle with school lunches.

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Japanese elementary school student teaches us how to solve a difficult maths problem

A lesson in multiplication opens our eyes to a new way of thinking. 

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The most brilliant summer homework idea ever: Eat wagyu for Yakiniku Day

Teachers, feel free to assign us this year’s and next year’s homework while you’re at it!

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Checking in on randoseru school bags and the changing tastes of Japanese kids

The standard of plain backpacks, red for girls and black for boys, is starting to evolve.

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What event did you hate most in elementary school? Survey asks Japanese adults

Those less sportingly inclined had a hard time.

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High school students rapidly losing interest in sumo teams because too “painful,” “scary,” and “naked”

Those three words sound like a good time to me, but I guess I’m the weird one…

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Osaka elementary school becomes first in Japan to have a police box established on campus

Will this police box be an outlier or set a new precedent for community policing?

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Teacher disciplined for drinking alcohol during class in Japan

Students driving you to drink is no excuse to open a cold one in the classroom.

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Why do kids in Japan use those large leathery “randoseru” school bags?

A trend a century and a half in the making.

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Petition to allow students to choose what they wear to school gathers almost 19,000 signatures

A coalition of students, teachers, and lawyers submitted the petition to the Japanese Ministry of Education on March 26.

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Japanese man donates bags of cash to local schools, disappears without a trace

The school staff even chased after him, but to no avail.

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“Peaceful life with many dogs” is unacceptable dream, Japanese high school teacher tells student

Does your dream have to be a job?

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Gunma teacher arrested for spray-gluing coworker’s belongings to desk

Charges against the teacher are likely to stick.

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No school trip? No problem! Japanese students to go on a virtual school trip in Minecraft instead

Junior high school students at one school are learning Japanese culture by recreating historical sites in the popular game.

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Japanese student’s “drug dealer” English gaffe confuses foreign ALT

Assistant Language Teacher quickly learns that Japanese doesn’t always translate properly into English.

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Anime artist illustrates the differences between Japanese fashion now and ten years ago

Women in Japan look very different compared to a decade ago.

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Can you write the alphabet properly? According to Japanese teachers, probably not

Japanese rules for writing your ABCs are surprisingly strict.

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Which fictional anime school would you like to enroll in? Japanese fans vote in online survey

Did your favourite anime academy make the cut?

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High schooler “forced” to quit school sues Kumamoto prefecture for a single yen

The boy’s case details intense, unpleasant customs at the school that made him too depressed to attend class.

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Japanese teacher’s advice for opinion essay writing stays with one student to this day

Sometimes it just takes the right kind of push to get the words flowing across the paper.
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