Jan 8, 2015

Hyogo to dig wells at schools for use in disasters

Hyogo Prefecture will start digging wells in fiscal 2015 at public schools designated as safe shelters so that local residents have access to water when natural disasters occur. It will be the first prefecture to set up wells at shelters. Drawing from the experience ...

Dec 31, 2014

Put vacant classrooms to better use, ministry to urge schools

The education ministry plans to help municipalities re-purpose vacant public schoolrooms as nursery centers and facilities for the elderly. As families have fewer children the number of vacant classrooms is increasing. The ministry therefore aims to help local authorities to put the premises to ...

Taiwan trends higher as school trip destination

Dec 28, 2014

Taiwan trends higher as school trip destination

So many students went to Taiwan on high school field trips in fiscal 2013 that the total eclipsed 20,000 for the first time, informed sources said. A total of 138 Japanese high schools flocked to Taiwan, bringing 20,734 students to the island in the ...

Newtown shooting survivors still scarred, two years on

Dec 12, 2014

Newtown shooting survivors still scarred, two years on

Anxiety, depression, guilt, sleeplessness, marital strife, drug and alcohol abuse — two years after the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school, the scope of the psychological damage to children, parents and others is becoming clear, and the need for treatment is likely to persist ...

Dec 9, 2014

Prefectures begin to release school performance rankings

Five prefectures are releasing school performance data based on annual achievement test scores. The boards of education in Ibaraki, Niigata, Nagano, Shiga and Oita prefectures have either released or intend to publish school-by-school rankings based on the scores of annual achievement tests conducted at ...