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A cat named Mackerel: undercover

With Mackerel, the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover” comes to mind. An American shorthair with likely a bit of American curl thrown in, Mackerel looks like a bit of a toughie. And, with unsteady eyes that have trouble focusing, she can also look somewhat shifty. She is ...

Jan 19, 2014

Team-teaching rules can lead to confusing situations

by Teru Clavel

At present, Japanese labor law restricts foreign native English-speaking teachers, referred to as ALTs (assistant language teachers) from team-teaching with Japanese classroom teachers. Students get the short end of the stick, as team teaching is considered a highly effective foreign-language teaching methodology. Legally, according ...

The most viewed community stories of 2013

Jan 1, 2014

The most viewed community stories of 2013

A majority of the most read community stories addressed timeless issues. These were stories about issues that naturally spark debate and will no doubt continue to do so as Japan’s multicultural landscape continues to shift and shape.

Language-learning app mixes study and manga

Nov 24, 2013

Language-learning app mixes study and manga

by Jun Hongo

For those who came to Japan for the anime but are stuck instead studying flash cards for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), an Osaka-based company has made it possible to kill two birds with one app. The JLPT Prep N4&N5 application by Wao ...