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.

Evacuee sixth-graders graduate

Mar 23, 2013

Evacuee sixth-graders graduate

Twelve sixth-graders from the town of Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, whose residents had to evacuate because of the nuclear catastrophe, held a graduation ceremony Friday at a makeshift school in another community. The ceremony for the graduates of Namie Elementary School was held in Nihonmatsu, ...