The University of Tokyo may replace its two-semester academic year with a quarter system to make it easier to shift to fall enrollment and line up with international standards.
Known as Todai, the nation's most prestigious university released a report Wednesday compiled and submitted to its board earlier this month by a university panel that is recommending the four-quarter system.
The panel discussing the university's basic policies, including the timing for starting the academic year in autumn, was set up last year after President Junichi Hamada announced in 2011 his intention to introduce fall enrollment by 2015.
The difficulty of changing the social environment to allow such a dramatic break from tradition led the panel to come up with the quarterly system.
More than 1,000 seismic events had been recorded in Kumamoto and Oita prefectures by Thursday in the two weeks since a magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck southwestern Japan, while over 30,000 people remain evacuated from their homes. (Japan Today)
Japan has lodged a protest with Taiwan over a statement made by its president challenging Tokyo's claim to waters in the Pacific. Ma Ying-jeou described Japan's southernmost island as a rock around which it cannot claim an exclusive economic zone. (NHK)
A 28-year-old nursery school teacher who forced a 4-year-old boy to eat fried chicken covered with wasabi and recorded it on her smartphone, has received a suspended sentence from the Tokyo District Court. (Japan Today)