Tag - education



Junior high school students from the inland town of Sumita, Iwate Prefecture, visit the Iwate Tsunami Memorial Museum in the city of Rikuzentakata in December.
JAPAN / Society
Mar 4, 2024
Educational tours aim to preserve memory of Tohoku quake
Efforts are being made to ensure lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake are passed on to future generations.
A teacher shows slides he created with a tablet in Kumamoto on Dec. 12. Many teachers still prioritize the use of notebooks, pencils and other analog writing materials in their classes.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 25, 2024
Digitalization drive proving tough for Japanese schoolteachers
Teachers' lack of familiarity with new technology is creating a challenging situation.
Nobuya Fukumoto, a lawyer for the Unification Church, speaks to reporters in Tokyo on Thursday.
Feb 23, 2024
First court session held on disbanding of Unification Church in Japan
The head of the Unification Church's Japan branch told the session that the government's view of the organization is mistaken.
The University of Tokyo's Hongo campus
Feb 19, 2024
University of Tokyo to launch new program with 50% foreign students
The course aims to nurture talent to lead efforts to resolve global issues such as climate change, a university source said.
The Temple University Japan campus in Tokyo. The university plans to open a satellite campus in the city of Kyoto in 2025.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 9, 2024
New Temple University campus set to open in Kyoto in January 2025
Temple plans to offer English-language courses to elementary and junior high school students, in addition to its regular undergraduate programs.
Students take a Japanese-language lesson at Ishigeshiho High School in Ibaraki Prefecture in January.
Feb 4, 2024
Only 20% of Japan public high schools have foreign student quotas
Around 750 out of 3,880 public high schools had quotas for foreign resident students who passed special admission exams, a survey showed.
The number of teachers who took leave due to mental illness had fluctuated at around 5,000 in recent years, but it surged by more than 1,300 in two years since fiscal 2020.
Feb 3, 2024
Number of teachers on leave for mental illness in Japan hits record high
The figure for the year to last March was up 642 from the previous year, marking the second straight annual increase.
Daisuke Hironaka, deputy head of Ikuno Komorebi Hoikuen, teaches Japanese to children at the day care in Osaka's Ikuno Ward.
COMMUNITY / Issues / The Foreign Element
Jan 22, 2024
An Osaka nursery is going the extra mile to stop Vietnamese kids falling behind
Getting children new to the country familiar with the Japanese language before heading to elementary school is crucial.
Junior high school students board a bus in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, for a mass relocation to Kanazawa on Sunday.
Jan 21, 2024
More students in quake-hit area relocate to continue studies
The temporary relocation of around 140 students from Suzu city and Noto town came after a similar move by students from Wajima in the prefecture last week.
A junior high school student says goodbye to her parents in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Wednesday before being transported to Hakusan where she and a few hundred other peers from the quake-hit city will continue their studies.
JAPAN / Society
Jan 17, 2024
Quake chaos forces Wajima kids to leave families to continue studies
They will stay at prefectural lodgings in the southern Ishikawa city of Hakusan, some 100 kilometers away, for up to two months.
Misao Shoji (center) speaks to executives of Lion Dor about the Omega Class, a new educational center she is launching in Aizuwakamatsu that targets "uniquely gifted children.” Lion Dor has offered a venue for the project free of charge.
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Fukushima
Jan 15, 2024
Fukushima educational project aims to nurture gifted children
Omega Class aims to provide a place of learning suited to each child, with local experts serving as volunteer instructors.
Pupils at Moromi Elementary School in the city of Okinawa use PCs during class to compile information they gather from textbooks and the internet.
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Okinawa
Jan 15, 2024
Tapping tech's potential, elementary school pushes proactive learning
Pupils, instead of teachers, take the lead in learning according to the goals that they themselves set at the Okinawa school.
Children play a board game at an elementary school that is being used as an evacuation center in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Tuesday, as schools in the city remained closed on the first day of a new term.
Jan 9, 2024
In quake-hit Ishikawa, many schools closed at the start of new term
Only about 70% of schools in the prefecture could start the new term as scheduled.
The logo of language-learning app, Duolingo, on a smartphone
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 9, 2024
Duolingo cuts contractors by 10% amid AI content shift
The company said no full-time employees were affected by the cutback.
Watanabe has made shapes of (from left) a monkey, an elephant and a giraffe by folding oak leaves with his hands.
CULTURE / Art / Regional Voices: Kyushu
Jan 8, 2024
Kumamoto artist embodies re-evaluation of 'outsider art’ in Japan
Dubbed a "genius autistic paper cutout artist," Yoshihiro Watanabe's works are now being alongside those by trained artists.
Lowell House on the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Jan 4, 2024
What’s bad for Harvard is good for the rest of us
The elite degree and the signal it sends is neither as accurate nor as valuable as the Ivy League would like you to think.
Ukrainian third-grader Arina Herasymova gets ready for a walk after an online reading class in Sloviansk, Ukraine, on Dec. 20.
WORLD / Society
Dec 29, 2023
Ukraine's front-line children yearn for return to classroom
The war has deprived younger students, especially, of the opportunity to start off their schooling like most of their peers elsewhere.
Physical strength among children is on a recovery track as a whole, which the Japan Sports Agency said was a reflection of more opportunities for physical exercise following a relaxation of restrictions related to COVID-19 in the country.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Dec 24, 2023
Physical strength of Japan junior high school girls at record low
Male students, however, scored better in the Japan Sports Agency's annual physical fitness survey for this year.
University of Tokyo students attend their graduation ceremony in the capital's Bunkyo Ward on March 24.
JAPAN / Society
Dec 22, 2023
Japan to expand subsidized college tuition for large families
Free college tuition will be offered to at least one child in a family with three or more children, regardless of its income.
Seiji Maehara (center) with other members of his new party, Free Education for All, at the parliament on Thursday
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 21, 2023
Seiji Maehara launches new party to unite opposition against LDP
The former foreign minister's new Free Education for All party aligns in its major policy priority with Nippon Ishin no Kai.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves