Apr 15 Japanese teacher criticized for attending son's entrance ceremony instead of her own school's
Each April, as the new academic year starts, it's customary for schools in Japan to hold an entrance ceremony for incoming students. The new pupils assemble in the auditorium, sit quietly while the principal and teachers make speeches, and often sing the alma mater. (rocketnews24.com )
Apr 14 Harumafuji enrolls in university master's course
Yokozuna grand champion Harumafuji has enrolled in a master's course at Hosei University to study economic development. (NHK )
Apr 08 Original text of 1890 Imperial Rescript on Education found
A document believed to be the original text of the Imperial Rescript on Education, issued in 1890 as basic norms of moral education in prewar Japan, has been discovered, the education ministry said Tuesday. (Jiji Press )
Apr 08 Google institute unveils works by Osamu Tezuka
Internet search engine Google has unveiled a collection of works by legendary Japanese manga artist, Osamu Tezuka. (NHK )
Apr 07 Fukushima schools reopen after evacuation advisory lifting
Two elementary schools and one junior high school reopened Monday in the Miyakoji district of this northeastern Japan city after an evacuation advisory related to the country's worst nuclear accident was lifted earlier this month. (Jiji Press )
Apr 05 Isles, quake appear in schoolbooks
Some new social studies textbooks and maps for primary schools to be used from spring next year clearly state that the Takeshima islets in Shimane Prefecture and the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture are "territories inherent to Japan," according to the education ministry, which announced Friday the results of the screening of primary school textbooks for the next academic year. (The Japan News )
Apr 05 Trusts for grandchildren's education prove popular in Japan
Japanese trust products designed to allow gift tax exemptions for grandparents' donations to cover the educational costs of their grandchildren have enjoyed higher popularity than expected since their launch in April 2013. (Jiji Press )
Apr 04 Japan to help struggling families pay school lunch fees
The Japanese government plans to provide financial assistance to help households on welfare pay lunch fees, bus fares and costs of educational materials for their children who go to nursery school, kindergarten, or other types of authorized preschools, officials said Thursday. (Jiji Press )
Apr 04 Fukushima junior high students perform in London
A junior high school symphony orchestra from Japan's disaster-hit Fukushima Prefecture has performed in one of the most prestigious concert venues in London. (NHK )
Apr 02 Japanese youths rank 3rd in problem-solving
Japanese teenagers finished 3rd in a global assessment of young people's skills in solving problems encountered in real life. (NHK )
Apr 02 American fathers urge compliance
A group of U.S. fathers urged Japan on Monday to comply with the international convention for settling cross-border child custody disputes and help them and other American parents reunite with their children living in Japan. (Japan Times )
Mar 31 Hague treaty on parental abduction to take effect in Japan Tues.
The so-called Hague treaty that sets rules on parental custody of children after the breakups of international marriages is set to take effect in Japan on Tuesday. (Jiji Press )
Mar 30 Govt. to expand stay for foreign workforce
The Japanese government plans to allow foreign trainees in a government-sponsored technical internship program in the construction sector to extend their stay as a temporary measure. (NHK )
Mar 30 Govt aims to help kids adapt to primary school
The education ministry has decided to provide financial support for primary schools that offer preparatory classes for preschool children on Saturdays, as part of efforts to reduce problematic behavior among new primary school students. (The Japan News )
Mar 29 Smarter children have better-educated, richer parents: study
Children with better-educated and higher-earning parents tend to demonstrate higher academic abilities, a Japanese education ministry-commissioned survey study showed Friday. (Jiji Press )
Mar 29 Foreign trainees to be allowed 8-year stay
The government will expand a government-sponsored technical internship program for foreign nationals in fiscal 2015, to allow trainees to stay in Japan for up to eight years. The adjustment-from the current maximum of three years-is intended to address a shortage of construction workers, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News )
Mar 28 Okayama student arrested for attempted murder after stabbing teacher
Police in Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture, have arrested an 18 year-old student attending a part time high-school for attempted murder after he stabbed a school teacher with a knife. (Japan Today )
Mar 27 29 Filipinos, Indonesians pass nurse exam in Japan
A total of 29 applicants from the Philippines and Indonesia have passed an annual national examination to qualify to work as nurses in Japan, the health ministry said Tuesday. (abs-cbnnews.com )
Mar 26 Kobe Univ. professor says he was detained in China
Wang Ke, a once-missing Chinese professor at Japan's Kobe University, said Tuesday that he was detained by Chinese authorities between March 7 and Monday during his visit to the country. (Jiji Press )
Mar 25 Children banned from using their mobile phones after 9pm in Japanese city in bid to fight cyber bullying
Children in a Japanese city are banned from using their mobile phones after 9pm in a bid to fight cyber bullying. (Daily Mail )
Mar 23 Kobe University professor, Uighur expert, missing in China
Wang Ke, a Chinese professor at Kobe University's Faculty of Intercultural Studies, went missing during a visit to China earlier this month, it was learned Saturday. (Japan Times )
Mar 19 Princess Aiko finishes primary school
The Princess arrived with her parents, the Crown Prince and Princess, for the graduation ceremony at Gakushuin Primary School in Tokyo on Tuesday morning. (NHK )
Mar 19 Govt. to screen online babysitting services
Japan's Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry will examine the operation of Internet-based babysitting services, following the arrest of a man suspected of abandoning the body of a toddler in his care. (NHK )
Mar 19 Teacher recognized as job-related asbestos victim
A former high school chemistry teacher who died in 2007 at the age of 57 was recently recognized as a victim of a disease caused by asbestos, making his family eligible to seek compensation for an accident in the course of duty, sources said Tuesday. (The Japan News )
Mar 10 The children of Japan's Fukushima battle an invisible enemy
Some of the smallest children in Koriyama, a short drive from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, barely know what it's like to play outside -- fear of radiation has kept them in doors for much of their short lives. (Reuters )
Mar 09 Anne Frank House makes donations to Japan libraries
The Anne Frank House, a museum dedicated to the Jewish girl who died in a Nazi concentration camp, on Saturday donated 3,400 copies of its catalogue to Japanese libraries after hundreds of copies of Anne Frank's diary were damaged. (gmanetwork.com )
Mar 08 7 high school students face charges over suicide of classmate
Seven high school students face charges over the suicide of a classmate in Kasuga, Fukuoka Prefecture, last November. (Japan Today )
Mar 03 Education ministry revises booklets on radiation
Japan's education ministry has revised its instructional booklets on radiation by adding details on the impact of Tokyo Electric's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident. (NHK )
Mar 03 Scouts off to Japan for a jamboree
Alisdair Rolt, Jordan Simpson-Brown, Tom King and Millie Potts, all from the Daventry area, have been selected to join 3,500 Scouts and Guides from across the UK to attend the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan. (daventryexpress.co.uk )
Feb 28 Israeli Embassy in Tokyo donates 300 Anne Frank books
The Israeli embassy in Tokyo donated 300 books on Anne Frank on Thursday after books on the famous victim of the Holocaust were found to have been vandalized at public libraries in the Japanese capital. (Jiji Press )
Feb 28 U.S. official seeks return of all kids taken to Japan after divorce
A U.S. State Department official on Thursday called for the return to American parents of all children taken to Japan without their consent by their former Japanese partners after failed international marriages. (Jiji Press )
Feb 28 Bullying suspected as cause of 16-year-old boy's suicide
A 16-year-old high school boy who committed suicide in Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, may have been bullied, school officials said Thursday. (Japan Today )
Feb 28 Japan launches system to extend visas for budding chefs
Japan has launched a system to allow a two-year extension of residence status for foreign students who complete a course of study at a Japanese culinary school, allowing them to receive on-the-job training at Japanese restaurants. (helsinkitimes.fi )
Feb 27 Bullying-related cases in Japan surge 58 percent to 28-year high
Japanese police handled 410 school bullying-related cases in 2013, increasing 58 pct from the previous year and exceeding 400 for the first time since 1985, the National Police Agency said Thursday. (Jiji Press )
Feb 26 Israeli Embassy to replace Anne Frank books
Israel's Tokyo embassy says it will donate new copies of Anne Frank's "The Dairy of a Young Girl" to the public libraries in the Japanese capital whose books were vandalized. (NHK )
Feb 23 Japan takes baby steps toward a proper debate about animal rights
On Jan. 10, convenience store chain Family Mart started selling a new bentō (boxed lunch) with a heavy-duty name to complement its hefty ¥600 price: Famima Premium Koroge Wagyu-iri Hamburger Bento, which "contains" high-quality Japanese ground beef. For an added touch of extravagance, it also came with a side of foie gras. (Japan Times )
Feb 20 Smartphones account for over 55 pct in Japan youth mobile phones
The rate of smartphone users among students owning mobile phones at elementary, junior high and high schools in Japan stood at 56.8 pct in late 2013, up 20.8 percentage points from a year earlier, a Cabinet Office survey showed Wednesday. (Jiji Press )
Feb 20 Tokyo Marine Univ. to set English requirements for applications
Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology said Wednesday that it will introduce English language requirements for entry applicants from fiscal 2016, using scores from TOEIC and other external English tests. (Jiji Press )
Feb 19 Education minister dancing in video divides opinions
Japan's education minister and bureaucrats' brief dance appearance in a music video to promote overseas studies, is generating criticism as well as support. (NHK )
Feb 19 JAL splash-landing drill for Mt Fuji eruption
Japan Airlines and the Tokyo Fire Department have held a splash-landing drill to train for a disaster scenario involving the eruption of Mount Fuji. (NHK )
Feb 19 Panel discusses revision of teaching manual to include moral education
Education Minister Hakubun Shimomura met with a ministry panel this week about revising the teaching manual to include moral education as a "special subject" for elementary and junior high school students. (Japan Today )
Feb 15 Japanese think tank ranked best in Asia
The Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) came 13th in a 2013 ranking of the world's leading think tanks covering about 6,800 research institutes worldwide, according to a survey conducted by the University of Pennsylvania. (The Japan News )
Feb 15 New moral education textbook announced
The education ministry on Friday announced a fully revised book for moral education in elementary and junior high schools. (The Japan News )
Feb 04 Ministry looks into expansion of proficiency-based English classes
The education ministry is considering expanding a proficiency-based teaching system for English classes to public middle schools nationwide, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News )
Feb 04 64% think it's difficult to raise children in Japan
Japan is not an easy place to raise children, according to 64 percent of respondents to a Yomiuri Shimbun opinion poll, marking a drop of 12 percentage points in the rate of respondents who felt the same way eight years ago. (The Japan News )
Feb 01 Vatican trove shows persecution in samurai-era Japan
A trove of ancient documents unearthed at the Vatican could shed light on the brutal crackdown on Christianity in isolationist Japan under its samurai rulers, scholars say. (China Post)
Jan 31 86 students at Yokohama school sickened by suspected norovirus
Health officials in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, said Friday that 86 students at Hatsune-gaoka Public Elementary School in Yokohama were absent Thursday due to a suspected mass outbreak of norovirus. (Japan Today )
Jan 29 Minami-Soma pupils to mark school closing with drum show
Students at a tsunami-hit primary school will hold their "last" performance of traditional Manyo Daiko drumming, which they have cherished, as the school is set to be closed next month due to a significant drop in the number of students after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. (The Japan News )
Jan 28 Japan to step up education on territorial claim
The Japanese government is revising official teaching manuals to emphasize Japan's territorial rights to the islands disputed with China and South Korea. (utsandiego.com )
Jan 27 Kids infected with rubella despite vaccinations
A mass infection of rubella occurred at a day nursery in Shimane Prefecture last spring, even though some of the infected infants had earlier been vaccinated against the disease, according to a survey conducted by institutions including the National Institute of Infectious Diseases. (The Japan News )
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