Jan 9, 2015

Textbook publisher to delete, dilute 'comfort women' passages

A Tokyo-based textbook publisher has obtained government approval to delete depictions of “comfort women” and references to foreign workers forcibly brought to Japan, from its high school social studies books, sources said Friday. The education ministry approved publisher Suken Shuppan’s November request to delete ...

Dec 31, 2014

Put vacant classrooms to better use, ministry to urge schools

The education ministry plans to help municipalities re-purpose vacant public schoolrooms as nursery centers and facilities for the elderly. As families have fewer children the number of vacant classrooms is increasing. The ministry therefore aims to help local authorities to put the premises to ...

Dec 24, 2014

India's birth rate shrinks

India’s birth rate declined dramatically in the last two decades due in part to rising female literacy, a new study shows, but experts warned against complacency in the country of 1.2 billion. The total fertility rate, or the number of children the average woman ...

Will Pakistan change course against militants?

Dec 19, 2014

Will Pakistan change course against militants?

Many wonder if the attack that killed 148 people at a Pakistani school will be a watershed in the country’s long, conflicted history with Islamic militancy. But Pakistan has had many potential turning points in the war on terrorism that at the time were ...

Dec 18, 2014

More struggling to get handle on student loans

by Makoto Nishimura

An increasing number of students are struggling to pay education loans and more than 6,000 lawsuits were filed over the fallout in the 2013 academic year alone. Kazuya Fujishima, 29, a graduate student at Hokkaido University, owes some ¥10 million in an interest-bearing loan ...