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 ...

Tohoku teens plan thank-you festival in Paris

Jul 11, 2014

Tohoku teens plan thank-you festival in Paris

by Masaaki Kameda

Some 80 Tohoku teenagers in an OECD-supported educational project will hold a cultural festival in Paris in August to express gratitude to those who supported the region’s recovery, student representatives said Friday. At an education ministry press conference in Tokyo, three students who outlined ...

Students take worldly approach to study abroad

Jun 6, 2014

Students take worldly approach to study abroad

by Sang Woo Kim

A University of Tokyo student set to spend a year as an exchange student in Illinois this summer doesn’t think English skill is the only thing that matters when going to the United States. He thinks curiosity, knowledge and a spirit of adventure also ...

Students to end 24-day siege of Taiwan parliament

Apr 10, 2014

Students to end 24-day siege of Taiwan parliament

Students who have occupied Taiwan’s parliament for 24 days to protest a trade pact with China planned to leave Thursday after receiving assurances the deal they see as imperiling the island’s autonomy would undergo legislative review. The pact would allow Chinese and Taiwanese service ...

Mar 25, 2014

Number of Japanese studying abroad down seventh straight year

The number of Japanese studying abroad in 2011 declined for the seventh consecutive year, the education ministry said Tuesday. The figure stood at 57,501, down 559 from the previous year and 31 percent lower than the peak in 2004. A ministry official said the ...