Nov 10, 2015

12-year-old Kyoto boy admits smoking marijuana

A 12-year-old boy in the city of Kyoto has admitted to smoking marijuana, it was learned Tuesday. Investigators in the Kyoto Prefectural Police said it is extremely rare for an elementary school student to be questioned in connection with a possible violation of the Cannabis ...

Jan 12, 2015

Set clear goals for unified schools

The education ministry plans to submit bills to the Diet that will legally institutionalize unified schools — encompassing grades one through nine — as part of the nation's compulsory education system.

Library at evacuee school gets cardboard makeover

Sep 24, 2014

Library at evacuee school gets cardboard makeover

The library at a school near the radiation exclusion zone in Fukushima Prefecture has received an unusual makeover that aims to fuel readers' imaginations. The book room at Yoshima Daiichi Elementary School in Iwaki, a municipality hit hard by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear ...

Jan 16, 2014

Over 900 Shizuoka pupils suffer apparent food poisoning

More than 900 pupils at elementary schools in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, have fallen ill in a suspected outbreak of mass food poisoning, possibly norovirus, officials said Thursday. The number of students who reported vomiting and diarrhoea reached 905 by late Thursday at 14 elementary schools ...

Fukushima evacuee kids made welcome in Saitama school

Mar 26, 2013

Fukushima evacuee kids made welcome in Saitama school


With little hope of returning home, children from the town of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, are making new friends at a school in Saitama Prefecture that took them in two years ago after the meltdowns of March 2011 ruined the area. Shortly after the devastating earthquake ...