Headhunter goes global

| Aug 3, 2014

Headhunter goes global

by Sayuri Daimon

If Yohei Shibasaki hadn’t previously worked for Sony Corp., the giant that once dominated the global electronics industry, his 7-year-old human resources firm might not have grown so fast. “Don’t just look at the Japanese market, but always target the global market. Offer innovative ...

Aug 2, 2014

Students dropping Benesse after data theft

Education company Benesse Holdings Inc. is losing subscribers to its “shinkenzemi” correspondence courses after confidence in its ability to protect their privacy was shaken by the massive data theft at Benesse Corp. last month. The service, which operates by exchanging coursework through postal mail, ...

Osaka bets big on TOEFL to boost English levels

| Jul 27, 2014

Osaka bets big on TOEFL to boost English levels

The Osaka Prefecture Board of Education is pushing through a raft of initiatives to shake up English-language education, chief among them the introduction of TOEFL at top-performing high schools, which will be taught by an elite group of teachers earning approximately ¥8 million a ...

Private nursery schools strive to offer novel services

Jul 20, 2014

Private nursery schools strive to offer novel services

With the number of privately run nursery schools increasing in Japan, many such facilities are working to come up with novel services to survive, including original educational materials and English conversation classes. While the number of children on nursery waiting lists remains high, nursery ...

Jul 20, 2014

Switzerland tops innovation rankings for fourth year

Switzerland has claimed the top spot on the Global Innovation Index for the fourth straight year while Sub-Saharan Africa “posted significant regional improvement.” The annual rankings, which this year focused on the role people play in the innovation process, found that Switzerland and other ...

Jul 16, 2014

Industry internships a hit with teachers

by Masaaki Kameda

A record number of school teachers will participate in a summer internship program offered by businesses, highlighting educators’ growing interest in gaining experience outside the classroom, according to figures released on Tuesday. The number of teachers from elementary, junior high and senior high schools ...