Department store closures mark end of an era

Sep 28, 2016

Department store closures mark end of an era

On a recent weekday morning, the Sogo department store in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, is unusually crowded with shoppers flocking to a closing down sale before it shuts its doors for good on Friday. Many stop to take pictures of a sign at the entrance ...

English heads for elementary school in 2020 but hurdles abound

| Sep 5, 2016

English heads for elementary school in 2020 but hurdles abound

The Japanese school system’s English-teaching regimen will undergo a major revamp in the near future as the government tries to nurture more worldly talent in an age of globalization. The biggest transformation is expected in public elementary schools, where English will be taught as ...