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.

Feb 27, 2014

Steps toward politicized education

The Abe administration plans to submit bills in this Diet session that would reduce the autonomy of a local board of education and make it easier for the education ministry to challenge a board of education's decision on, say, textbook selection.

Jan 18, 2014

School costs gap wider than ever

A fiscal 2012 education ministry survey of parents throughout Japan reports that total spending for a child going to private schools from kindergarten through senior high school came to ¥16.77 million on average, significantly more than the ¥5 million for a child going to ...

Jan 11, 2014

More computers in education?

Two recent conflicting reports from government ministries expose the conundrum at the heart of the question of whether computers are helpful to education.

Jul 3, 2013

Taking a stand against bullying

It is deplorable that the opposition DPJ blew a chance to pass a power industry reform bill because it was too busy playing politics against the prime minister.

Feb 24, 2013

Whose morals will be taught?

The government’s panel on improving Japan’s education system has decided to have the government make morals a regular subject in schools. The Education Rebuilding Implementation Council, led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and chaired by Kaoru Kamata, president of Waseda University, intends to advise ...