National Mar 25, 2014

Number of Japanese studying abroad down seventh straight year

The number of Japanese studying abroad in 2011 declined for the seventh consecutive year, the education ministry said Tuesday. The figure stood at 57,501, down 559 from the previous year and 31 percent lower than the peak in 2004. A ministry official said the decline apparently ...

Editorials Mar 11, 2014

Combating bullying at school

While statistics show that police in Japan are taking action in more bullying cases, teachers must remind themselves that it is their job to keep watch — and not ignore — the signs of bullying.

Commentary / Japan Feb 23, 2014

Plans don't make the grade

by Takamitsu Sawa

Don't count on the education ministry's plan to hire more foreign teachers and students to have much effect on its goal of getting at least 10 Japanese universities to place among the world's top 100.

Lifestyle Feb 20, 2014

Cracking the code of computer education

by John Naughton

Last week, my inbox began to fill up with angry emails. Had I seen the dreadful/unbelievable/disgraceful/hilarious (delete as appropriate) "Newsnight" interview with Lottie Dexter? I hadn't, and as I'd never heard of Ms. Dexter, I wasn't unduly bothered. After all, life is too short ...