Confidence key to female success, say panelists at Tokyo forum

Oct 29, 2014

Confidence key to female success, say panelists at Tokyo forum

Women’s advances in society are now a “must” in Japan, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration pledging to make every woman shine. But many still find it difficult to break the glass ceiling in a male-dominated society —mainly due to their lack of self-confidence, ...

Oct 23, 2014

Australia accepts Eiken certificate as proof of English ability

Holders of an Eiken English language certificate can now apply for admission to hundreds of high schools across Australia. The arrangement follows an agreement between the Tokyo-based Eiken Foundation of Japan and the Australian Embassy, as part of ongoing efforts to encourage Japanese high ...

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 ...