Feb 18, 2016

Hachioji teacher closes in on global education award

An English teacher from Hachioji in western Tokyo is edging closer to becoming the first Japanese to win the annual Global Teacher Prize after the shortlist was narrowed down to ten finalists. The award, dubbed the “Nobel Prize for education,” honors teachers who make ...

Feb 2, 2016

English skills of Japanese students fail to meet government targets

All four English skills — reading, listening, writing and speaking — of junior high and high school students in Japan have failed to meet the government’s targets. Data released by the education ministry Tuesday showed that starting English lessons in elementary schools and classes ...

Dec 19, 2015

Japan's woeful school funding

Japan's consistently and shockingly poor level of educational spending is being ignored by the central government and education ministry.

Oct 24, 2015

Truancy rate increases again

The education ministry must do a better job in reducing truancy by addressing the needs of students who don't fit the standard system.