| May 6, 2013

Plan to introduce TOEFL to universities has its merits

The media and kyōiku senmonka (教育専門家, pundits on education) have been voicing the pros and cons of the idea put forward by the Jiminto (自民党, the Liberal Democratic Party) to make TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) mandatory for entrance exams at all ...

Lawmaker looks at risks of populism

Jan 30, 2013

Lawmaker looks at risks of populism

Shizuoka Prefecture should hold a referendum for its citizens to decide whether the Hamaoka nuclear power plant should be restarted, assembly member Takuya Abe said. Operations at the Chubu Electric Power Co. plant were halted after Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 plant ...

Japan searches for growth areas to drive economy

| Jan 23, 2013

Japan searches for growth areas to drive economy

While the media have highlighted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s large-scale government spending on public works, and high expectations for his so-called Abenomics drove share prices up and weakened the yen, the important question is; what industries does Abe’s administration want to promote as driving ...

Aiming to take Japan's best onto the global stage

| Jan 23, 2013

Aiming to take Japan's best onto the global stage

Japanese leaders in business, culture, politics and other fields should look abroad and take what Japan can do best to the world, said Yoshito Hori, president of Globis University and managing partner of Globis Capital Partners. The head of Japan’s largest business school operator ...