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Apr 27, 2013

Corporal punishment meted out by 840 teachers so far: survey

A government survey says that 840 public school teachers used corporal punishment during a 10-month period starting in April 2012 — more than twice the 404 cases tallied in all of fiscal 2011. The sharp rise came amid closer scrutiny by local education boards ...

Temple in Gifu seeks elderly disciples

| Apr 27, 2013

Temple in Gifu seeks elderly disciples

Shogen Junior College, a Buddhist institution in Minokamo, Gifu Prefecture, launched a unique course this month that trains elderly students to become Buddhist priests. The curriculum targets people in their 50s and 60s, even though they may find some of Buddhism’s strict ascetic practices ...

Apr 27, 2013

BOJ stands pat on new monetary easing steps

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The Bank of Japan on Friday put off additional monetary easing while providing optimistic predictions in its Outlook for Economic Activity and Prices report by boosting inflation forecasts. The outlook, released every six months, predicts that the BOJ and government’s goal of achieving 2 ...

Apr 27, 2013

Letters written by novelist Kobo Abe are found

A series of around 30 letters that novelist and playwright Kobo Abe (1924-1993) wrote to his younger brother between 1947 and 1951 has been found, according to his daughter, Neri. The letters show the author of “The Woman in the Dunes” and “The Box ...

Apr 27, 2013

Consumer prices dip fifth month in a row

Consumer prices fell 0.5 percent in March compared with the previous year, logging five consecutive months of decline and underscoring deflation’s persistent grip, the internal affairs ministry said Friday. The core consumer price index, which excludes volatile prices for fresh foods, stood at 99.5 ...

Einstein's relativity theory holds up in deep cosmos

Apr 27, 2013

Einstein's relativity theory holds up in deep cosmos

Some 7,000 light-years away, Einstein’s theory of general relativity has stood up to its most intense test yet, scientists said Thursday. The project involved observing a massive, fast-spinning star called a pulsar and its companion white dwarf — a smaller but very dense star ...

Construction permit for collapsed Bangladesh building disputed

Apr 27, 2013

Construction permit for collapsed Bangladesh building disputed

The day after a building collapsed in Bangladesh, killing more than 230 people, disagreement emerged Friday over whether the owner obtained appropriate construction permits, adding to concerns over worker safety in the country’s thriving garment industry. Rana Plaza’s owner didn’t get permission from Dhaka’s ...

| Apr 27, 2013

Carping on carp

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Whenever you find someone tossing bits of bread into a pond, you have to assume this: Something’s fishy. “Fish?” the guys snorts. “These aren’t fish. They’re carp. Meaning they’re a lot closer to cows. Fat, stupid cows.” The water below him froths with the ...

| Apr 27, 2013

Welcome to the Japan Jalapeno Hotline

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It’s April, which means new recruits in companies across Japan. And as the new school year starts, new foreign English teachers all over Japan are settling into their positions in Japanese public schools, getting shocked out of their socks. The newbie English teacher social ...

Apr 27, 2013

Ozaki stumbles to 1-over 72

A day after setting the Tsuruya Open on its ear with an opening round of 9-under-par 62, 66-year-old Jumbo Ozaki came back to earth on Friday with a 1-over-par 72. The second day’s play at the Yamanohara Golf Club’s Yamanohara course in was suspended ...