Aug 17, 2014

Three local governments to release academic test results school by school

The education boards of one prefecture and two major cities plan to disclose school-by-school results of national academic achievement tests conducted in April, a Jiji Press survey showed Saturday. Beginning with the latest Japanese and mathematics exams covering final-year students at elementary and junior ...

May 10, 2014

Good example of English use

Perhaps an education ministry division's decision to begin conducting its meetings in English this month will help shake loose Japan's grammar-translation paradigm, which does little to compel students to communicate and understand English better.

Isle disputes to make schoolbooks

Apr 4, 2014

Isle disputes to make schoolbooks

Japan's territorial disputes with China and South Korea will enter all social studies textbooks for elementary school students starting in 2015, the education ministry says.

Feb 23, 2014

Plans don't make the grade

by Takamitsu Sawa

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.

Feb 14, 2014

Moral education material revised

The education ministry announced Friday fully revised material for moral education in elementary and junior high schools. The ministry plans to distribute it to all students in time for fiscal 2014, which starts April 1. It spent some ¥980 million to make some 10 ...

Wood the material of choice at schools

Feb 5, 2014

Wood the material of choice at schools

by Shinichiro Maeta

The government is promoting a shift from reinforced concrete to wood for school buildings because of the favorable educational and health effects. “Surrounded by wood, I feel comfortable and can improve my concentration,” said Riku Kubota, a 12-year-old sixth-grader at Itako Elementary School, a ...

Teacher manuals state official positions on isles

Jan 28, 2014

Teacher manuals state official positions on isles

The education ministry instructs junior high and high school teachers to use newly revised manuals to teach their students that the Senkaku Islands and Takeshima islets are “integral parts of Japanese territory.”

Jan 14, 2014

Leave those kids alone

The education ministry should rethink its attempt to introduce "morals" as an official subject of instruction in elementary and junior high schools.

Jan 3, 2014

Dubious cure for doctor shortage

The education ministry's recent decision to approve creation of a new medical school at an existing university in Tohoku marks a new development in the government's oscillating policy on the education of doctors.