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  • Christmas in Japan 2014

    Christmas in Japan 2014

    At first glance, the Christmas trees and illuminations might look familiar, but a few holiday traditions are undoubtably unique to Japan. Here are a few examples from social media.

  • 'Kawaii' gets a landmark
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    'Kawaii' gets a landmark

    by Mike Sunda

    While Japanese cool hunters might lament the lack of pop cultural exports in recent years — all the more conspicuous when compared to K-Pop’s successful forays westward — kawaii (cute) culture has quietly permeated ...

  • Top domestic news of 2014
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    Top domestic news of 2014

    The Japan Times editors selected these domestic stories as the most important of 2014. 1. Collective self-defense: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet adopts a resolution reinterpreting the Constitution as permitting the nation to act ...

HIGHLIGHTS OF 2014

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Testing students' ability to think

An education ministry council could be presenting an over-idealized picture of its proposed reforms of Japan's university entrance exams, often criticized for placing too much emphasis on rote learning.

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Japan's space goals

Asteroid Explorer Hayabusa2, launched by Japan Space Exploration Agency on Dec. 5, is flying without a hitch so far. Regardless of whether this mission is successful, Japan needs to continue advancing its space exploration capabilities.