Today in chat, mirka pointed out that the tag exists. I think this is clearly a meta tag:

If the tag can't work as the only tag on a question, it's probably a meta-tag. Every tag you use should be able to work, more or less, as the only tag on a question. Meta-tags, like [beginner], [subjective], and [best-practices], are useless by themselves -- they tell you nothing at all about the content of the question.

A homework question can be about literally any facet of the Japanese language. For example, this question is tagged , but it appears to be about relative tense. It's not about homework, and knowing that it's from a homework assignment doesn't tell us anything useful about the content of the question.

This tag is only on eight questions, so the best solution is probably to edit each question by hand, removing the tag and adding whatever tags are appropriate in its place.

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I agree with this proposal -- "homework" is far from a technical term for Japanese, and could theoretically just be slapped onto any question that somebody's been set as a homework assignment by the looks of it. Because of this, it's not really a good classifier for questions on the site at all, and contributes no information to a question, nor does it help when searching for questions.

If you look into it more, most of the questions tagged as "homework" are also tagged as "translation". I think this is a much more valid tag for the style of questions they are. When you look at it, it's pretty much without doubt that "homework" questions are nearly entirely a subset of "translation" with no clear logic for which questions go into it. For reference:

The 8 Questions tagged as "homework"

Of which are not tagged as "translation"

Of which are also tagged as "translation"

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    Flaw retagged 7 of them, so I retagged the 8th. It's done! :-)
    – user1478
    Commented Nov 29, 2015 at 1:55

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