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What's up with Japan's education gap?

Did you know?: “High school is not compulsory in Japan, and even public high schools require tuition fees. In Tokyo, students have to pay a little more than ¥10,000 a month to attend public high schools.”  Phillip Brasor in a Japan Times piece reports that “media silence on first lady’s school visit shows Japan’s education… Keep Reading

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Single-mother households badly hit by slump

  Keiji Hirano reports that the economic slump has severely hit single-mother households because many of these women work as nonregular employees, the Japan Federation of Bar Associations reported at a recent symposium. In another indication of the hardships such households face, a survey by a nonprofit organization that supports children who have lost one… Keep Reading

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Commentary: What Barack Obama means to me

When President-elect Barack Obama and his family move into the White House, it will signify moving into every household in America. Obama will not become some Black dude that moved in down the street located in a predominately White neighborhood and he and his family will not become the new Cosby Show. The Obamas will… Keep Reading

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1 in 7 Japanese kids live in poverty

According to statistics released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, one out of every seven Japanese children under 17 lives in poverty. Poverty has long been known to adversely effect children’s health and education, but there also are concerns now that growing up in poverty tends to lock children into a cycle of… Keep Reading

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