Novelist Ishiguro's notes and works head to Texas library

Aug 23, 2015

Novelist Ishiguro's notes and works head to Texas library

The sweeping archives of award-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro will be heading to a University of Texas research library, including a discarded opening chapter for his best-known book, “The Remains of the Day,” the university said. The novelist, who was born in Nagasaki in 1954 ...

Aug 15, 2015

Students finally find their voice

Japanese young people are becoming passionate about the importance of constitutionalism, democracy and human rights, in sharp contrast with the usual stereotype of passive, disinterested youths stuck in front of their video games.

Aug 14, 2015

Japanese, U.S. universities decode octopus genome

A team of researchers from a Japanese university and two U.S. universities have sequenced and analyzed the genome of an octopus species, according to their article on Thursday’s edition of the British journal Nature. The three universities are Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology ...

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

Alert raised after six universities, banks come under cyberattack

The websites of six Japanese universities were targeted in cyberattacks on Monday, prompting experts to warn that other academic institutions and companies should be on alert, NHK reported. The computer networks of Ehime University, the University of Yamanashi, Fukuoka University, Setsunan University in Osaka, ...

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 30, 2015

Abe's ill-conceived university policy

The government should remember that the primary purpose of unversities is to provide students with a well-rounded education that helps them became more insightful citizens.

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.