Jul 27, 2015

School personnel work at least 10 hours a day: survey

School personnel working at elementary or junior high schools spend 10 to 13 hours at school per day on average, with an extra two hours of work at home, an education ministry survey revealed Monday. The ministry called on boards of education to streamline ...

Jul 26, 2015

Iwate school says bullying led to boy's suicide

A school in Iwate Prefecture has acknowledged that a 13-year-old boy who killed himself this month was bullied. Sunday’s report, the result of an investigation, cited six instances in which Ryo Muramatsu was bullied. He was a second-year student at a junior high school ...

Jul 18, 2015

Honda makes English official

Honda is just the latest in a growing number of Japanese firms embracing English as its official language; now the nation's education system needs to respond with more effective ways of teaching the language.

Jul 14, 2015

South Korea professor forced former student to eat feces: police

South Korean police said Tuesday they have detained a university design professor for allegedly forcing a former student to eat human feces and subjecting him to other cruel acts. The alleged violence began after the professor hired the ex-student in 2013 as an employee ...

Jul 10, 2015

Japan hopes to host 50% more foreign students by 2020

The government aims to boost the number of foreign students in Japan by 50 percent by 2020 to invigorate international exchanges. The tourism agency and the education ministry said Thursday they began discussions at an advisory panel on how best to attract educational tours ...

Jun 27, 2015

University autonomy under fire

Education minister Hakubun Shimomura and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are moving dangerously close to trampling on the academic independence of universities.

New university entrance exams to test ability to think

Jun 19, 2015

New university entrance exams to test ability to think

The education ministry has unveiled an outline of new university entrance examinations featuring questions designed to gauge the applicants’ ability to think. The new system will replace the National Center Test for University Admissions, also known as the sentaa shiken, in fiscal 2020, officials ...