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Melynie Yoneda
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Japan Pulse
Jul 2, 2015
The new face of Japanese beauty products
A wise woman once said that beauty is pain, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be boring. With designer face masks, even the simple act of skin moisturizing can become fun.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Jun 23, 2015
American director reflects critically on U.S. bases in Okinawa
The Battle of Okinawa ended 70 years ago on June 23, yet for some Okinawans the struggle continues as they resist the ongoing presence of the U.S. military. Although Okinawa was legally “returned” to Japan in 1972, U.S. bases still occupy nearly 18 percent of the island, with as many as 25,000 military...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Jun 8, 2015
Rino Sashihara crowned amid tears and jeers at AKB election
Tears of joy filled Fukuoka on Saturday as Rino Sashihara won pop group AKB48's 41st Single Election, but that didn't stop jeers from flooding online chat forums.

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The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan