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Japan's private schools fill a niche but at a cost

| Apr 17, 2017

Japan's private schools fill a niche but at a cost

The saga of scandal-plagued, Osaka-based Moritomo Gakuen, which advocated a nationalist education, has thrown the spotlight on private educational institutions in Japan and how they are operated. While Japan’s public elementary, junior high and high schools are often praised internationally for their quality, especially ...

| Apr 15, 2017

The real Moritomo Gakuen story is clear as mud

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” — Mark Twain Two months have elapsed since the scandal involving Osaka-based private school operator Moritomo Gakuen went from a local land deal gone bad to a national political scandal. Yet we remain ...

Aspiring Tsuruga's tourism drive hindered by nuclear image

Apr 13, 2017

Aspiring Tsuruga's tourism drive hindered by nuclear image

Officials in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, attempting to promote their city as a tourist destination, received a rude shock recently when a survey showed its image was less one of natural beauty and fresh seafood and more one of being a center for nuclear power. ...