Aug 22, 2015

Much potential in new courses

The education ministry should strive to follow the new study outline for primary and secondary education, which stresses active learning to nurture independent thinking.

Aug 20, 2015

Tougher penalties for sex crimes

The Justice Ministry is looking at increasing the minimum prison term for rape and making it possible to bring charges against sex crime suspects without a formal victim complaint.

Aug 19, 2015

Economy appears far from robust

The latest GDP data for the second quarter of this year confirms the underlying weakness of consumer demand and the seemingly limited scope of the benefits of 'Abenomics.'

Aug 15, 2015

Oral tradition and the bomb

A new program pairs volunteers with survivors of the atomic bombings to their memories, their stories and their words alive via the tradition of oral storytelling.

Aug 15, 2015

Students finally find their voice

Japanese young people are becoming passionate about the importance of constitutionalism, democracy and human rights, in sharp contrast with the usual stereotype of passive, disinterested youths stuck in front of their video games.