Job insecurity, excessive secrecy and legal curbs on dispatch teachers come under the spotlight as 120 teachers lose their classes.
James McCrostie is a full-time university lecturer and part-time writer. He writes mainly about labor issues related to the English-teaching industry.
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Two cases currently before the courts show how the reality of Japanese workplaces can clash with government attempts to encourage fathers to help raise their children.
After a year of scandals and promises, the "five-year rule" and demographic woes cast a shadow over education in 2018.
Showa Women's University and Temple University, Japan Campus have announced a unique site-sharing agreement that could offer a model to other Japanese schools.
New rules requiring greater scrutiny of applicants from five countries have landed Japanese-language schools with that little bit more paperwork.
Government data shows air conditioning is becoming standard in most Japanese public schools, but a handful of cities and prefectures are resisting the trend for questionable reasons.
Increasing numbers of Japanese are going abroad to study, but a close look at the data reveals that looser definitions are inflating the numbers — and that most students aren't spending much time overseas anyway.
Upcoming changes to Japanese university admissions have students, parents and teachers raising their hands to ask questions.
Data suggest Japan's schools are seeing a surge in food allergies among students, but are all the claims legitimate?
Ambitious program has helped Japan meet the world, but does it have a role to play today?