91 test positive for coronavirus in Shimane high school cluster
Japan Times -- Aug 11
Ninety-one people at a high school in Shimane Prefecture have tested positive in recent days for the novel coronavirus in a cluster outbreak centered on the boys’ soccer team, according to local authorities.

Of the total, 88 are members of the soccer team at the coeducational Rissho Shonan High School in the city of Matsue, and 82 of them live in the same dormitory. The team has played matches outside the prefecture since late July, fueling concerns about a wider spread of the virus. The cluster of infections at the school, detected over the three-day holiday through Monday, raised the total number of novel coronavirus cases in Shimane Prefecture to 126. All 91 people who tested positive at the school have either no symptoms or only mild symptoms of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, the authorities said. In addition to soccer club members, two teachers involved with the team and a baseball player at the school, which has a total of 350 students and staff members, were found to be infected with the virus. The first case, which involved a soccer player, was confirmed Saturday. A man in his 70s who visited the dorm and three members of his family have also tested positive for the virus. The students and teachers infected at the school have been hospitalized or remain at the dorm, the authorities said.

松江市の高校での新型コロナウイルスの集団感染で、感染したサッカー部の生徒らが暮らす寮では食堂や入浴施設に入る人数の制限をしていなかったことが分かりました。  立正大学淞南高校・北村直樹校長:「学校として対策が不十分であったことを深く反省をしております」  立正大学淞南高校では、寮で暮らすサッカー部の生徒らを中心に集団感染が確認されています。高校によりますと、寮では体調不良を訴える生徒は1人部屋に移すなどの対策を取っていました。一方で、食堂や入浴施設に入る人数の制限はしていなかったということです。松江市によりますと、10日に新たにこの高校の生徒2人の感染が確認されました。1人はサッカー部で、もう1人は野球部でした。生徒と同居する人1人の感染も確認され、学校に関連する感染者は96人となりました。
News sources: Japan Times, ANNnewsCH
Sep 22
Japan will offer a visa lasting up to two years for graduating university students who plan to start a business in the country, in an effort to attract more ambitious and talented individuals. (Sep 22). (Nikkei)
Sep 16
About 80 percent of universities and junior colleges plan to conduct both in-person and online lessons in the second semester of fiscal 2020 beginning this autumn, an education ministry survey showed Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Sep 14
Anyone who has ever taught or known a teacher knows how intense the workload can be — all over the world, teachers find themselves left adrift against a current of curriculums and nights spent grading papers, only to be rewarded with complaints and abuse from students, parents, and higher-ups alike. (Japan Today)
Sep 10
A new survey shows that about 80 percent of the children who contracted the coronavirus in Japan were likely infected by family members. (NHK)
Sep 10
A 4-year-old boy died after choking on a large grape while eating lunch at a Tokyo kindergarten and police have launched a probe into the accident, investigators said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Sep 06
These are are the most used and popular Japanese slang today. These must-know Japanese words are used commonly by younger Japanese people but also used by older ones. (Paolo fromTOKYO)
Sep 04
Japan has ranked 20th out of 38 in a UNICEF report on the well-being of children in the world's richest countries. (NHK)
Sep 01
Many Japanese towns are losing population. This is what one Japanese town did with its abandoned schools. (Life Where I'm From)
Aug 31
A new work permit introduced by Japan for overseas workers to help alleviate chronic labor shortages in certain industries has made an unexpectedly poor start, with only 3,987 of them obtaining the “specific skills visa” in the first year of the program, or less than 10 percent of the government’s target. (Japan Times)
Aug 29
Amid an increase in community transmission of the new coronavirus, more cases are being seen in which schoolchildren and teachers are testing positive for the virus or have had close contact with those who have been infected. (Japan Times)
Aug 27
Archaeologists have unearthed 1,500 human remains from a 19th-century burial site in Osaka. Experts believe the bones belong to local residents who may have perished in an epidemic that swept the region in the 1800s. (dw.com)
Aug 27
Women accounted for a record 45.5 percent of students enrolled in university courses in Japan as of May 1, the provisional results of a recent government study showed Tuesday. (thejakartapost.com)
Aug 26
Foreign trainees will be allowed to switch jobs and stay in Japan even after their technical internship programs have ended, as some of them are unable to return home amid the coronavirus pandemic, the government said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Aug 25
Over 20 percent of the public in Japan accept esports as high school club activity, a recent Jiji Press opinion survey has shown. (Japan Times)
Aug 24
Hyogo prefectural Police have arrested a 33-year-old male teacher for allegedly planting a hidden camera inside a changing area for men at a bath in Akashi City, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Aug. 24). (tokyoreporter.com)
Aug 23
Japan has decided to ease entry restrictions for foreign students, imposed to curb the coronavirus, possibly within this month, government sources said Saturday. (Japan Today)
Aug 22
The number of people from the University of Tokyo who passed the fiscal 2020 career-track civil service examination has dropped to 249, the lowest since fiscal 1998, when the data first became available, the National Personnel Authority said Friday. (Japan Times)
Aug 21
In the aftermath of Japan’s defeat in Manchuria, sexual abuse termed then as “sexual entertainment” happened. During the Second World War, some 600 people from the formerly Kurokawa village in Gifu Prefecture settled in Manchuria under a government plan. (TV ASAHI)
Aug 17
Many schools across the nation reopened Monday after summer vacations were shortened to allow students to catch up on classes missed when schools closed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Japan Times)
Aug 15
When Kyoto University professor Shinya Yamanaka won the Nobel Prize in 2012 for his work on stem cells, Edvinas Cerniauskas, then 21, became interested in the field and soon began to plan how he could come to Japan and study at the cutting edge. (Japan Times)
Aug 14
With people think of a Japanese city with a rich cultural legacy, Kyoto is the first place that springs to mind, but Osaka is no slouch in the historical significance department either. (soranews24.com)