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Jul 26, 2015

Iwate school says bullying led to boy's suicide

A school in Iwate Prefecture has acknowledged that a 13-year-old boy who killed himself this month was bullied. Sunday’s report, the result of an investigation, cited six instances in which Ryo Muramatsu was bullied. He was a second-year student at a junior high school ...

Jul 26, 2015

Bar federation condemns China's detention of lawyers

The Japan Federation of Bar Associations has condemned the recent detention of hundreds of human rights lawyers in China. In a statement Friday, the federation said it is “deeply concerned” by the reported mass detentions. The text was issued in the name of the ...

Razed dormitories in Tokyo being replaced by nurseries

Jul 26, 2015

Razed dormitories in Tokyo being replaced by nurseries

The Finance Ministry is helping to address the shortage of child day care facilities by allowing operators to use state-owned land. In June 2013, the government declared that reducing or eliminating the number of children on waiting lists was a priority policy. This prompted ...

Growing up to the idea of fighting back

| Jul 25, 2015

Growing up to the idea of fighting back

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Psychologist Toshio Kawai has an interesting hypothesis. We may, he says in an article written for the Asahi Shimbun’s Globe, be entering an age when “becoming an adult will not be necessary.” What makes an adult an adult? Autonomy, the ability to stand on ...