Editorials Jan 31, 2014

Reckless politicization of textbooks

A revised government guideline for textbook writing states that the Takeshima islets in the Sea of Japan and the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea are to be treated unequivovally as Japan's territories.

World Jan 29, 2014

Report hits $200 million program to bolster Afghan troop literacy

A $200 million U.S.-funded program to bolster literacy rates in Afghanistan's security forces has been plagued by weak oversight and accountability, according to a report from federal inspectors published Tuesday that suggests half of Afghan police and soldiers still might not be able to ...

Obama targets college sexual assault epidemic

World / Crime & Legal Jan 23, 2014

Obama targets college sexual assault epidemic

President Barack Obama shone a light Wednesday on a college sexual assault epidemic that is often shrouded in secrecy, with victims fearing stigma, police poorly trained to investigate and universities reluctant to disclose the violence. A White House report highlights a stunning prevalence of rape ...

Commentary Jan 21, 2014

The real cause of Japan's renewed prosperity

by Walt Gardner

Despite the apparent disconnect in recent years between the exemplary performance of Japanese students and the nation's stock and currency market fluctuations, the knowledge and skills that students bring to the workplace in the form of human capital make the companies that hire them ...

General Jan 19, 2014

Team-teaching rules can lead to confusing situations

by Teru Clavel

At present, Japanese labor law restricts foreign native English-speaking teachers, referred to as ALTs (assistant language teachers) from team-teaching with Japanese classroom teachers. Students get the short end of the stick, as team teaching is considered a highly effective foreign-language teaching methodology. Legally, according to ...

Editorials Jan 14, 2014

Leave those kids alone

The education ministry should rethink its attempt to introduce "morals" as an official subject of instruction in elementary and junior high schools.

Editorials Jan 13, 2014

Keep power in boards of education

The Abe administration next year plans to submit a bill to the Diet that would give local government heads the final responsibility for local education administration, thus downgrading boards of education.