Public schooling is a two-way street

| Jul 1, 2015

Public schooling is a two-way street

by J.J. O'Donoghue

Earlier this year, a reader wrote to The Japan Times in response to an education feature on schooling options for the children of non-Japanese parents. The reader wanted to know more, but the earlier feature was unfortunately curtailed by space. The questions he had ...

Jun 27, 2015

University autonomy under fire

Education minister Hakubun Shimomura and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are moving dangerously close to trampling on the academic independence of universities.

Jun 21, 2015

Tens of thousands march against austerity in London

Tens of thousands of people joined an anti-austerity march through central London on Saturday, the first major public protest since Prime Minister David Cameron won last month’s general election. Demonstrators, some of whom had traveled from across Britain, snaked through the city from the ...

New university entrance exams to test ability to think

Jun 19, 2015

New university entrance exams to test ability to think

The education ministry has unveiled an outline of new university entrance examinations featuring questions designed to gauge the applicants’ ability to think. The new system will replace the National Center Test for University Admissions, also known as the sentaa shiken, in fiscal 2020, officials ...

Take on the samurai in Edo Period Toei

| Jun 13, 2015

Take on the samurai in Edo Period Toei

When my parents were young, action movies were about gunslingers, sheriffs and saloons. For my in-laws in Osaka, however, cinema was more about swords and samurai. Usually set in the Edo Period (1603-1868), jidaigeki, or period dramas, follow the sagas and clashes of Japanese ...