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Outsourcing of English tests stirs up storm in education

Reference | FYI Nov 17, 2019

Outsourcing of English tests stirs up storm in education

When speaking last month about a plan to introduce private-sector English testing for university entrance exams, education minister Koichi Hagiuda created an outcry when he said students should compete for entry "in accordance with their (financial) standing," implying they should compete financially. The comments created ...

Abe clears decks for debate on amending Japan's Constitution

National / Politics Oct 3, 2019

Abe clears decks for debate on amending Japan's Constitution

When the extraordinary Diet session convenes on Friday, 15 government-sponsored bills are expected to be submitted — one of the lowest totals since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's second stint started — reflecting his administration's determination to focus its energy on revising the Constitution. But coming ...