Aiming to restart Saturday classes at all public primary, middle and high schools nationwide, the education ministry has decided to establish a subsidy program to encourage schools to invite instructors from local communities.
The Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry is aiming to reintroduce Saturday classes starting on a monthly basis by the 2017 academic year in an effort to improve students' scholastic ability.
The subsidy program, which is also intended to strengthen ties between schools and their communities, is scheduled to begin next academic year. Under the program, the state will partially cover the costs of Saturday classes, including payment for instructors and fees for educational materials.
Also from next academic year, the ministry plans to provide subsidies or other forms of assistance to 6,700 schools, or about 20 percent of all public schools. The ministry plans to include ¥2 billion for this purpose in its initial budget request for fiscal 2014.
Mitsubishi Estate Co. announced on Monday it will build a 390-meter tall, 61-story skyscraper near JR Tokyo Station. (The Japan News)
Japan's Foreign Ministry has exhibited for the first time in 2 decades the written agreement that formalized the country's surrender to mark the end of World War Two. (NHK)
Police in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, arrested a man who held two hostages at knifepoint for five hours in a 7-Eleven convenience store on Monday morning. (Japan Today)
Students, mothers and other protesters staged rallies at more than 200 locations across Japan on Sunday, calling for the scrapping of controversial security legislation that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to enact to strengthen the role of Japanese forces abroad. (Kyodo)
On an unseasonably cool day, thousands of scantily clad samba dancers marched through Tokyo's Asakusa district in a festival on Aug. 29, warming the crowds packing the roadside there. (Asahi)
Aficionados of the age of the steam locomotive were out in force Aug. 30 for the final day of the outdoor Umekoji SL Museum in Kyoto's Shimogyo Ward, which closed after 43 years. (Asahi)
HIROSAKI, Aomori - The tower of Hirosaki Castle, a state-designated important cultural asset, is being towed dozens of meters away from its original location as part of a project to repair its stone walls. (The Japan News)
A one-year-old boy fell to his death from a 6th-floor apartment in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, police said Sunday. (Japan Today)
While chasing her dream of becoming an "idol," a junior high school girl named Moeka sounded less than confident among hopefuls vying to be chosen for the new Niigata Prefecture-based NGT48. (Asahi)
Ehime Prefectural Police on Friday arrested a 41-year-old male for dumping the body of his mother in Matsuyama City, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (Tokyo Reporter)
A rift has emerged in Japan's largest yakuza organised crime syndicate, the government said, with police warning Saturday that the split could lead to a wave of gang violence. (Japan Today)
A recent series of cable fires at Japan Railway facilities in Tokyo has aroused a suspicion of serial arson, due to the abnormally high frequency of such an incident. (Jiji Press)
Japan's Empress Michiko has enjoyed playing the piano to the singing voice of a prominent foreign soprano. (NHK)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of the body of 25-year-old woman inside her apartment in Nakano Ward, reports Fuji News Network. (Tokyo Reporter)
Three men and two woman were killed after the minivan they were traveling in flipped over and slammed into the railing of a bridge in Asuka, Nara Prefecture, early Thursday. (Japan Today)