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Is Japan's annual student achievement test worth the cost?

Reference | FYI Aug 28, 2017

Is Japan's annual student achievement test worth the cost?

by Mizuho Aoki

Japan's elementary and junior high school students have strong basic academic skills but struggle to solve complex questions, according to this year's nationwide achievement test results, which were released Monday by the education ministry. Since its launch in 2007, the test has been drawing attention ...

Houston evokes painful memories of devastating Hurricane Katrina

World | FOCUS Aug 28, 2017

Houston evokes painful memories of devastating Hurricane Katrina

As people waded in chest-high floodwaters, Houston turned its main convention center into a shelter Sunday, evoking memories of Hurricane Katrina, when breached levees in New Orleans stranded tens of thousands of people in squalid conditions at that city's football stadium and convention center. Elected ...

Editorials Aug 28, 2017

The U.S. Seventh Fleet founders

The U.S. must get to the bottom of what lies behind the recent series of accidents involving its navy and address whatever problems exposed in the probe.

Honda hoping to be World Cup hero against Australia again

Soccer / World Cup Aug 28, 2017

Honda hoping to be World Cup hero against Australia again

Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda is hoping he gets the chance to produce more heroics against Australia when the Samurai Blue take on the Socceroos in Thursday's crucial World Cup qualifier at Saitama Stadium. The 31-year-old Honda secured Japan's berth at the 2014 World Cup finals ...

Former world badminton champ Ueno lauds Okuhara's feat

More Sports Aug 28, 2017

Former world badminton champ Ueno lauds Okuhara's feat

Japan's former badminton world champion Emiko Ueno, who won the crown in women's doubles 40 years ago, praised Nozomi Okuhara on Monday for winning their country's second world title overnight in Scotland. Ueno, 59, said the 22-year-old Okuhara, who defeated Rio de Janeiro Olympic silver ...

Date decides to hang up racket at age 46

More Sports / Tennis Aug 28, 2017

Date decides to hang up racket at age 46

Kimiko Date called time on her tennis career at the age of 46 on Monday, saying she was no longer able to perform at the best of her abilities due to physical issues and had decided to listen to the "inner voice" telling her ...

Hakuho on mission for third straight title

Sumo / Basho Reports Aug 28, 2017

Hakuho on mission for third straight title

Hoping his recent knee trouble is a thing of the past, yokozuna Hakuho will be gunning for his third straight championship when the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament opens on Sept. 10 at Ryogoku Kokugikan. For the second straight meet, the 32-year-old Mongolian was named king ...

Tanaka sets mark with 10th victory of season

Baseball / MLB Aug 28, 2017

Tanaka sets mark with 10th victory of season

Masahiro Tanaka became the first Japanese major leaguer in history to post double-digit wins in the first four seasons of his career as the New York Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 10-1 on Sunday. Tanaka surpassed two players who did it for three years in ...

Liverpool thrashes Arsenal; Burnley holds Spurs to draw

Soccer Aug 28, 2017

Liverpool thrashes Arsenal; Burnley holds Spurs to draw

Liverpool delivered a clear statement of its attacking potency by crushing Arsenal 4-0 at Anfield on Sunday as Tottenham Hotspur's Wembley worries continued in a 1-1 draw with Burnley. Champion Chelsea picked up a second successive victory with a 2-0 win over Everton and unbeaten ...