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Beatrice Thomas
JAPAN / Society
Apr 11, 2017
Rights group renews criticism of death penalty in Japan
Japan executed three people last year and imposed three new death sentences in what Amnesty International has also described as a secretive system.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Oct 26, 2016
Japan slides to 111th in WEF gender equality rankings
Japan's efforts to bridge the gender divide have failed to translate into substantial change, with the nation sliding to 111th in a global inequality ranking report released Wednesday.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 4, 2016
Three British scientists win Nobel Prize for physics
Three British scientists behind groundbreaking research into exotic matter in the quantum world were on Tuesday jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in physics.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 24, 2016
Brexit could hamper Japan's efforts on EU deal: analysts
Britain's historic decision to leave the European Union could hamper Japan's efforts on a trade deal with the EU as well as its relationship with Asian and other global partners, analysts said.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 8, 2016
Google, ANA top workplace list for millennials; work-life balance also important: survey
Global internet giant Google, along with local firms All Nippon Airways and Toyota Motor Corp., have emerged as the ideal workplaces for Japanese millennial talent, according to a new survey that has spotlighted the nation's shifting work culture.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 27, 2015
Japan should tap Olympics to bolster flagging English skills, says language school boss
Japan should use its opportunity as 2020 Olympics host to bolster English proficiency amid figures showing a worsening trend, says the Japan president of the official English language-training supplier for next year's Rio Games.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / 20 QUESTIONS
Jun 13, 2015
David Bickle: 'Never be afraid to ask (people) questions'
BCCJ president on the challenges of doing business in Japan and playing for the national rugby team.

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The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan