Compulsory nine-year school system kicks off in Japan

Jun 10, 2016

Compulsory nine-year school system kicks off in Japan

A new nine-year compulsory schooling system has kicked off in Japan, aiming to resolve problems such as bullying and truancy that have been attributed to the conventional six- and three-year division of education. Compulsory education has normally been divided into six years of elementary ...

Jun 2, 2015

Lower House OKs unified elementary, junior high curriculum

The Lower House on Tuesday approved a bill to introduce unified nine-year education for children of elementary and junior high school ages as a formal education system. The bill to revise the School Education Act was approved by a majority vote from the ruling ...

Apr 22, 2014

2.24 million take achievement exams at elementary, junior high schools

About 2.24 million elementary school sixth-graders and third-year junior high school students took the national achievement examination Tuesday. When the results are known around August, the education ministry will allow them to be made available on a school-by-school and municipality-by-municipality basis for the first ...

Apr 10, 2014

Accidents for first-, second-graders surge in May: NPA

Accidents on the street involving first- and second-grade elementary school kids tend to surge in May, the National Police Agency said in a survey Thursday. The survey said 74 percent of the accidents occur after school, often when children rush into roads or cross ...

Schools hit by norovirus reopen

Jan 22, 2014

Schools hit by norovirus reopen

Fourteen elementary schools in Hamamatsu reopened Wednesday morning, about a week after they were closed because some 1,000 children and teachers developed symptoms of food poisoning from norovirus-tainted bread. The board of education in the Shizuoka Prefecture city announced at noon that one school ...

Jul 3, 2013

Worst nightmare for parents

The knife attack in Tokyo's Nerima Ward underscores the difficulty in preventing the realization of parents' worst nightmare when they let their kids walk to school.