Aug 23, 2014

Yoyogi Seminar to close 75% of its cram schools across Japan

Yoyogi Seminar, a major operator of “yobiko” cram schools for high school students and graduates prepping for university entrance exams, will close 20 of its 27 schools nationwide next spring to streamline operations amid Japan’s declining birthrate, sources familiar with the matter said Saturday. ...

Aug 15, 2014

Teacher in Shizuoka reportedly urged student to commit suicide

A teacher at an elementary school in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, is facing discipline for abusive treatment of one of his pupils that allegedly included urging him to commit suicide. The 41-year-old teacher allegedly told his second-grade student on July 17, “Do you have (a ...

Aug 8, 2014

Japan's school absenteeism up for first time in six years

Absenteeism for compulsory schools in Japan increased in fiscal 2013 for the first time in six years, the education ministry said Thursday, without specifying what factors were behind the rise. In the year that ended in March, a total of 119,617 compulsory school students ...

Aug 2, 2014

Students dropping Benesse after data theft

Education company Benesse Holdings Inc. is losing subscribers to its “shinkenzemi” correspondence courses after confidence in its ability to protect their privacy was shaken by the massive data theft at Benesse Corp. last month. The service, which operates by exchanging coursework through postal mail, ...