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.
The administration of Russian President Vladimir Putin has drafted legislation for providing one hectare of land per citizen in the Far Eastern part of the country, including four northwestern Pacific islands disputed with Japan. (Jiji Press)
A total of 11,672 people were taken to hospitals by ambulance due to heatstroke in the nation from July 27 to Sunday, the biggest weekly total since comparable records began in 2008, and 25 of them died, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday. The report shows preliminary figures. (The Japan News)
Officials at Japan's Meteorological Agency launched a system on Tuesday to issue faster warnings about volcanic eruptions. The move comes after Mount Ontake erupted in central Japan last September, killing 58 people. (NHK)
Netflix will launch its streaming television service in Japan on September 2, the latest stop in its mission to be a global entertainment powerhouse, it said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
The Japan Coast Guard found a body on Monday inside a ferry that caught fire Friday and is still burning off Tomakomai, Hokkaido. (Jiji Press)
A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a woman was found following an apartment fire in Otafukecho, Hokkaido, police said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday arrested a 33-year-old painter for allegedly stabbing a man he suspects was engaged in an affair with his wife, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Aug. 4). (Tokyo Reporter)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday arrested a 24-year-old male believed to be involved in a series incidents in which he slashed the skirts of female passengers inside train cars, reports TBS News (Aug. 3). (Tokyo Reporter)
A 68-year-old man who was arrested for killing his 65-year-old brother, received a two-year jail sentence, suspended for four years, on Monday. (Japan Today)
Two women and a man under arrest for murdering a 45-year-old woman exchanged messages and planned their attack on Line in the days leading up to the incident, police said Sunday. (Japan Today)
A 69-year-old woman was stabbed to death in her home in Saitama City's Kita Ward, police said Sunday. (Japan Today)
Police in Osaka are looking for a man who attacked a 17-year-old high school girl as she walked home. (Japan Today)
A fire occurred on an MOL Ferry Co. ferry about 55 kilometers off Tomakomai, Hokkaido, northern Japan, on Friday evening, leaving a crew member missing, according to the Japan Coast Guard and the operator. (Jiji Press)
Jimmy Page, the guitarist of the legendary British rock band Led Zeppelin, on Thursday visited Hiroshima and laid flowers for the victims of the U.S. atomic bombing of the city 70 years ago. (Japan Times)
The average life expectancy for Japanese women rose to a record high of 86.83 years in 2014 from 86.61 years the previous year, marking the world's longest for the third straight year, government data showed Thursday. (Jiji Press)