Jul 10, 2015

Japan hopes to host 50% more foreign students by 2020

The government aims to boost the number of foreign students in Japan by 50 percent by 2020 to invigorate international exchanges. The tourism agency and the education ministry said Thursday they began discussions at an advisory panel on how best to attract educational tours ...

Britain cuts spending in new austerity drive

Jul 9, 2015

Britain cuts spending in new austerity drive

Britain’s finance minister, George Osborne, unveiled fresh austerity measures Wednesday to slash debt, evoking the plight of crisis-hit Greece in the first purely Conservative budget in almost two decades. Osborne drastically cut welfare spending to honor campaign promises to forge ahead with austerity after ...

Jul 9, 2015

142 children in Japan not on family registries: survey

At least 142 children in Japan are not recorded on family registries, including seven who have missed periods of schooling. That’s according to an education ministry survey conducted through local educational boards based on data from the Justice Ministry. “We will continue our survey ...

Public schooling is a two-way street

| Jul 1, 2015

Public schooling is a two-way street

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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 ...