Kids' ombudsperson program hits 15 years

Aug 18, 2014

Kids' ombudsperson program hits 15 years

by Tetsuo Shintomi

An ombudsman program for children’s human rights in Kawanishi, Hyogo Prefecture, marked its 15th anniversary this year as Japan’s first independent public organ to address problems involving children. To date, some 8,800 requests for advice have been placed with the city’s Ombudspersons for Children’s ...

Isle disputes to make schoolbooks

Apr 4, 2014

Isle disputes to make schoolbooks

Japan's territorial disputes with China and South Korea will enter all social studies textbooks for elementary school students starting in 2015, the education ministry says.

Wood the material of choice at schools

Feb 5, 2014

Wood the material of choice at schools

by Shinichiro Maeta

The government is promoting a shift from reinforced concrete to wood for school buildings because of the favorable educational and health effects. “Surrounded by wood, I feel comfortable and can improve my concentration,” said Riku Kubota, a 12-year-old sixth-grader at Itako Elementary School, a ...

Dec 18, 2013

Kids math-savvy earlier than previously thought

Children as young as 3 can understand the meaning and value of multidigit numbers and might be more ready for direct math instruction when they begin formal schooling than previously believed, according to new research by developmental psychologists. “Contrary to the view that young ...

Village schools reborn as residences

Nov 5, 2013

Village schools reborn as residences

by Chikako Maemori

In a couple of remote farming villages, residents refurbished the buildings of closed schools into apartments in the aftermath of recent natural disasters, providing homes for young families who would play an important role in revitalizing their underpopulated regions.

Lecture DVD project targets education gaps

Oct 24, 2013

Lecture DVD project targets education gaps

by Takuro Iwahashi

Still just a 24-year-old senior at Tokyo’s Waseda University, Atsuyoshi Saisho helped 18 students in a poor Bangladeshi village lacking teachers pass their university entrance exams. Saisho created and heads what he calls the e-Education project, which helps students in developing countries who cannot ...

School building opens for tribal Philippine kids

Sep 27, 2013

School building opens for tribal Philippine kids

by Ronron Calunsod

A new school building funded by the Japanese government was recently opened for children of the B’laan tribe in the Philippines’ southern island of Mindanao. Around 80 percent of the 10,000 residents in Mindanao’s remote village of San Jose belong to the B’laan tribe, ...