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.
A woman in her 20s who was bitten by a mosquito in Ueno Park in Tokyo's Taito Ward earlier this month has been confirmed infected with dengue fever, the Tokyo metropolitan government said Friday. (The Japan News)
A computer programmer has admitted to killing dozens of cats in Tokyo's Ota Ward, saying he had become enraged by all the strays that had gathered in the neighborhood, police said Sept. 18. (Asahi)
Japan's iPhone fans, some of whom had waited in line for nearly two weeks, finally got their hands on Apple Inc.'s much anticipated iPhone 6 Friday. (Wall Street Journal)
Researchers who measured the slipperiness of banana peels, the ability of pork strips to stop nosebleeds and the reactions of reindeer to humans in polar bear suits were among the winners of this year's Ig Nobel prizes for comical scientific achievements. (Japan Times)
The Japan Coast Guard has confirmed that fresh lava flows have almost covered Nishinoshima Island south of Tokyo. (NHK)
Police in Tokyo said Friday they are looking for a man who sprayed a 17-year-old girl with a liquid resembling paint thinner as she walked home on Wednesday night-the third such incident to occur in the area since last month. (Japan Today)
A Tokyo man who was so stoned that he fell off his bike became the first bicyclist in Japan arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of "dappo" (law-evading) drugs, police said. (Asahi)
Police in Saitama said Thursday they have arrested a 41-year-old man for fatally stabbing his 39-year-old wife. (Japan Today)
A 61-year-old truck driver has been arrested after he hit a group of elementary school children in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, killing one 9-year-old girl and injuring two other children, aged 8 and 9. (Japan Today)
White smoke rose from under Tokyo Station's No. 22 platform Wednesday morning, suspending Shinkansen bullet train services. (The Japan News)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday arrested an organized crime member in the bust of a business in Shinjuku Ward that sold illegal pornographic DVDs, reports AV Asahi (Sept. 17). (Tokyo Reporter)
Following the bust of a shopping site selling shoes containing a miniature camera used to take illicit photographs, Kyoto Prefectural Police are now seeking the return of the merchandise from customers, it was revealed on Tuesday, reports the Mainichi Shimbun (Sept. 17). (Tokyo Reporter)
Police in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, on Tuesday arrested a 19-year-old youth after he stabbed his parents at their home. The suspect's mother later died of her wounds. (Japan Today)
Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko may visit Palau next year, the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, to pay their respects to Japan's war dead, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
A car was partially buried due to small mudslide and three people sustained injuries after a magnitude-5.6 quake hit a wide area of Kanto region in Japan around noon on Tuesday, according to local report. (shanghaidaily.com)