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May 26, 2017

Third-graders can get head start on English classes from fiscal 2018

Elementary schools will be allowed to start English classes from third grade instead of fifth grade when fiscal 2018 begins next April, the education ministry said Friday. The measure is aimed at achieving a smooth transition to the ministry’s new fiscal 2020 curriculum guidelines, ...

Diet clears Fuketa to take over as NRA chief

May 26, 2017

Diet clears Fuketa to take over as NRA chief

The Diet on Friday approved the appointment of Toyoshi Fuketa as new chief of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, replacing Shunichi Tanaka, who led the revamped body since it was launched in the wake the Fukushima nuclear crisis in 2011. The appointment of the NRA’s ...

Oita hopes international student entrepreneurs will rev up economy

May 26, 2017

Oita hopes international student entrepreneurs will rev up economy

Facing a shrinking population, Oita Prefecture has since fiscal 2016 ramped up efforts to help international students start their own businesses or work locally. With the largest proportion of students from overseas for every 100,000 in population, the prefecture hopes this will help revitalize ...