Jan 25, 2008

Cram school in public junior high gets metro nod

The Tokyo Metropolitan board of education said Thursday that an expensive cram school for elite students that critics say will create inequalities in education can open at a public junior high school in Suginami Ward. The one-year school, called Yoru Supe (Night Special), is ...

New cram school blurs public and private line

Jan 24, 2008

New cram school blurs public and private line

Cram schools have long played an important complementary role to classroom education, but a new type opening Saturday in Suginami Ward, Tokyo, is causing a stir among educators. The school, Yoru Supe (Night Special), offers a one-year course designed to help top achievers in ...

Temple hands remains of Korean war dead to kin

Jan 23, 2008

Temple hands remains of Korean war dead to kin

More than 60 years after the war, 50 South Koreans can finally take the remains of their loved ones home. The South Koreans attended a memorial ceremony Tuesday at Yutenji Temple in Meguro Ward, Tokyo, to commemorate Koreans who served in the Japanese military ...

Japan, Brazil mark a century of settlement, family ties

| Jan 15, 2008

Japan, Brazil mark a century of settlement, family ties

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of a Japanese migration to Brazil. In 1908, hundreds of farmers moved to the South American country, dreaming of making their fortunes there before returning to their hometowns. Although hundreds of thousands of Japanese ended ...

Billing Catch-22 traps patients

Jan 11, 2008

Billing Catch-22 traps patients

On Oct. 6, 2005, when Nobuhito Kiyosato went to the Kanagawa Cancer Center, where he had been treated for kidney cancer since 2001, he was told there would be a major change in his treatment. “My doctor told me the hospital could no longer ...

Jan 11, 2008

Reaching a resolution on 'balance billing' won't come soon

The government’s ban on health insurance coverage of medical treatment provided in combination with uninsured therapy creates unnecessary financial problems for patients who need the uninsured but advanced treatment, critics charge. Some experts, however, support the health ministry position that lifting the ban on ...

| Dec 15, 2007

Pair share eco-friendly role model goals

they don’t have any prejudice toward foreigners. Satoko: When I quarreled with him (before marriage), my parents told me I am the closest person to Peo and have to support him. Would you relate one of the most difficult experiences you had after you ...

Hepatitis disaster another warning ignored

Dec 5, 2007

Hepatitis disaster another warning ignored

Ikuko Kuno gave birth to her first son at a maternity hospital in Ise, Mie Prefecture, in May 1988. The only thing different from when she gave birth to her daughter in 1986 was that the obstetrician gave her a blood-clotting agent to stop ...