Jun 23, 2014

Culture minister pays visit to mill

Culture minister Hakubun Shimomura on Monday visited the Tomioka Silk Mill after the historic factory building was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list over the weekend. The minister toured the mill complex, which includes timber-frame brick masonry buildings for cocoon warehouses and silk-reeling ...

Mar 1, 2014

Handle moral education with extreme care

by Walt Gardner

When Education Minister Hakubun Shimomura met with a ministry panel recently to discuss the inclusion of moral education for elementary and junior high school students beginning in 2015, he unwittingly stepped into a potential minefield.

Teacher manuals state official positions on isles

Jan 28, 2014

Teacher manuals state official positions on isles

The education ministry instructs junior high and high school teachers to use newly revised manuals to teach their students that the Senkaku Islands and Takeshima islets are “integral parts of Japanese territory.”

Jan 15, 2014

Teacher manuals next front in islet disputes

The Abe administration is considering describing the Senkaku Islands and the Takeshima islets as integral parts of the country in instruction manuals for school curriculum guidelines, education minister Hakubun Shimomura says.

S. Korean official says stolen statues should be returned

Sep 28, 2013

S. Korean official says stolen statues should be returned

South Korean Culture Minister Yoo Jin-ryong said two Buddhist statues stolen last year from Japan should be returned to their owners in Nagasaki Prefecture, according to Hakubun Shimomura, his Japanese counterpart. Shimomura told reporters that Yoo made the remarks Friday during a bilateral meeting ...

Sep 13, 2013

Deregulation promoted for Tokyo Games

The government will promote deregulation in Tokyo to tap private-sector money for developing social infrastructure ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics, sources close to the matter said Friday. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to designate the capital as a special economic zone under ...