Smartphones blamed as children's fitness takes nosedive in Japan

National Dec 24, 2019

Smartphones blamed as children's fitness takes nosedive in Japan

The physical performance of children in Japan deteriorated dramatically in fiscal 2019 from the previous year, a survey by the Sports Agency showed Monday. The overall performance score for boys in the fifth year of elementary school was the lowest since the survey started in ...

Open-ended questions for Japan's new university entrance exams scrapped

National Dec 17, 2019

Open-ended questions for Japan's new university entrance exams scrapped

The government Tuesday decided against adding open-ended questions for Japanese and math to the country's new standardized university entrance exams due to start January 2021. Education minister Koichi Hagiuda said issues such as the potential for errors to be made by private-sector graders, which includes ...

Techie gifts for creative kids

Digital | ON: TECH Dec 16, 2019

Techie gifts for creative kids

by Chiho Komoriya

It's the festive season and whether you take Christmas day off or not in Japan, kids will still be excited about Santa. This month introduces a few next-generation techy toys that are great for children but will probably be fun for the parents, too.