Takamitsu Sawa

For Takamitsu Sawa's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jun 22, 2014

University is not a business

Members of the Industrial Competitiveness Council and others are headed down a dead-end road trying to remake the governance of Japan's universities after that of business corporations.

May 25, 2014

Funding higher education

The percentage of Japanese high school graduates entering university is not growing as fast as one would expect. It is well below the average ratio for the 34 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Apr 14, 2014

Internet raises misconduct risk

The road to glory for a scientific pioneer leads to temptations to plagiarize background info and must pass through a panel of "referees" who may be inclined to judge a research paper by the name of the author rather than its contents.

Mar 25, 2014

Yamatoism is coming back

Although "Abenomics" is at a standstill and its eventual success uncertain, the prime minister rushes to push a right-leaning agenda against the advice of close associates.

Feb 23, 2014

Plans don't make the grade

Don't count on the education ministry's plan to hire more foreign teachers and students to have much effect on its goal of getting at least 10 Japanese universities to place among the world's top 100.

Jan 21, 2014

Japan heading for darker days

It's still baffling why the Abe administration was in such a hurry to have the state secrets bill passed when various opinion surveys showed that the bill was opposed by about 80 percnet of respondens on the very day the Upper House voted on ...

Dec 16, 2013

Abe shows totalitarian bent

The president of a Japanese university classifies the Abe administration as neither conservative nor liberal. Instead, he calls it "totalitarian" and suggests that Japan is drifting away from European ideals based on democracy and individualism.