Universities aim to boost their global ranking

Oct 22, 2014

Universities aim to boost their global ranking

The government has announced it will provide funding to 37 leading public and private universities in a bid to boost their global competitiveness. They will receive annual grants for up to 10 years to boost the number of foreign staff, secure more overseas admissions ...

Diplomats win kudos in annual photo contest

Oct 10, 2014

Diplomats win kudos in annual photo contest

An arresting image of a man dressed as a superhero parking his bicycle was on Thursday named winner of the Prince Takamado Memorial Prize for the Japan Through Diplomats’ Eyes 2014 photography contest. Roman Malyshev, an attache at the Russian Embassy, won for his ...

Oct 8, 2014

Mobile truck stores filling void in shrinking suburbs

As the population shrinks in Tokyo’s outskirts and stores close down, some businesses are spotting a niche for mobile stores operating from the back of delivery trucks. The stalls can be a boon for elderly people, who find it hard otherwise to obtain their ...

Tsukuba University climbs to 13th in global new university rankings

Sep 24, 2014

Tsukuba University climbs to 13th in global new university rankings

The University of Tsukuba has been rated the 13th best new university worldwide, in a ranking that compares the merits of such institutions set up within the past 50 years. Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd., a London-based education services company, compared institutions of higher education for ...

Shizuoka governor rapped for posting school scores online

Sep 5, 2014

Shizuoka governor rapped for posting school scores online

Education minister Hakubun Shimomura on Friday harshly criticized Shizuoka Gov. Heita Kawakatsu for disclosing the names of public elementary schools that scored above average in this year’s nationwide achievement test, saying the move goes against ministry rules. Shimomura also said the ministry will consider ...

After STAP scandal, Riken plots its future

| Sep 1, 2014

After STAP scandal, Riken plots its future

With recent revelations of misconduct involving its research on so-called STAP cells, stem cell researcher Haruko Obokata and her employer, Riken Institute, have come under intense scrutiny and criticism. Last week, the nation’s largest science research institute announced an “action plan” to avoid similar ...

Efforts to replicate STAP cells fall flat

Aug 28, 2014

Efforts to replicate STAP cells fall flat

The Riken research institute said Wednesday that ongoing efforts to reproduce so-called STAP cells — whose existence was first claimed by scientist Haruko Obokata in the British journal Nature — have failed. The announcement comes on the heels of a series of scandals that ...

Kiwanis campaign helping to stamp out tetanus

Aug 25, 2014

Kiwanis campaign helping to stamp out tetanus

Around the world, a baby dies every nine minutes from tetanus. To counter this, the international volunteer organization Kiwanis is seeking the complete elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus, as the life-threatening disease still prevails in many developing countries. Kiwanis, through its global campaign ...