Jul 27, 2015

School personnel work at least 10 hours a day: survey

School personnel working at elementary or junior high schools spend 10 to 13 hours at school per day on average, with an extra two hours of work at home, an education ministry survey revealed Monday. The ministry called on boards of education to streamline ...

Jun 30, 2015

Abe's ill-conceived university policy

The government should remember that the primary purpose of unversities is to provide students with a well-rounded education that helps them became more insightful citizens.

Jun 3, 2015

Dwindling enrollments force college reforms

The education ministry plans to launch a program to support management reforms at regional private universities and colleges that struggle to enroll enough students. In Japan, all applicants are theoretically able to attend university or college, because total student numbers have fallen below overall ...

Dec 30, 2014

End of the STAP dream

At the very least, the education ministry, Riken research institute officials and others must determine what went wrong with the dream of STAP cell research and push for drastic change in Japan's research environment.

Dec 25, 2014

Testing students' ability to think

An education ministry council could be presenting an over-idealized picture of its proposed reforms of Japan's university entrance exams, often criticized for placing too much emphasis on rote learning.

Determining good and evil, with the kids

| Nov 8, 2014

Determining good and evil, with the kids


What is “moral education”? Assuming we more or less know what education is, try defining “moral.” The education ministry’s website takes a stab at it: “A heart-and-mind (kokoro) that values life, a heart-and-mind that is considerate toward others…” That’s unimpeachable as far as it ...

Shizuoka governor rapped for posting school scores online

Sep 5, 2014

Shizuoka governor rapped for posting school scores online


Education minister Hakubun Shimomura on Friday harshly criticized Shizuoka Gov. Heita Kawakatsu for disclosing the names of public elementary schools that scored above average in this year’s nationwide achievement test, saying the move goes against ministry rules. Shimomura also said the ministry will consider ...