Tag - language-teachers



A Japanese-language class at Aoyama International Education Institute in Tokyo's Minato Ward
JAPAN / Society
Mar 23, 2024
New national standards for Japanese-language schools to start in April
Under the new system, Japanese-language schools will have to meet certain requirements on staffing and curriculum to receive accreditation.
Randolph-Macon College students pose with a monument to Taylor Anderson in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on Jan. 23.
Mar 10, 2024
Tsunami victim's dream of becoming Japan-U.S. bridge realized
Taylor Anderson was one of the 33 foreign nationals killed in the March 2011 disaster.
A team of volunteers from the Non-Resident Nepali Association in Japan serves curry to evacuees in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Jan. 13.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 6, 2024
Support helps lift spirits of foreign residents in quake-hit areas
Ishikawa Prefecture is home to around 16,500 foreign residents, and multilingual hotlines were set up shortly after the quake to provide vital information.
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.
Children learn Japanese in Chicago in May 2017, with a Japanese language teacher in the background.
Dec 15, 2023
Japan and U.S. craft measures to step up cooperation in education
The measures include those aimed at promoting exchange programs and developing people in Japan to work in the technology industry.
Aiko Taniguchi (front row, center) visits Colonia Pinhal, a settlement in Sao Paulo, for the first time in 11 years and participates in a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of its opening, in August.
JAPAN / History
Oct 19, 2023
Brazil's 'Fukui Village' celebrates its 60th anniversary
Fourteen people in three families from Fukui Prefecture first settled in Colonia Pinhal the 1960s.
Diane Hawley Nagatomo at her home office in Chiba. Born in the U.K., Diane has called Japan “home” for more than 40 years.
Sep 23, 2023
Diane Hawley Nagatomo: ‘The only way to improve writing is to write’
After retiring from her position as a professor in 2022, Diane Hawley Nagatomo has just released her first novel, “The Butterfly Cafe.”
A major bonus of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme is the time it offers you to be able to plan for long-term goals. Writer Erik M. Jacobs was able to map out what he needed to pursue a career in U.S.-Japan relations, for example.
COMMUNITY / Issues / Learning Curve
Aug 8, 2023
Every situation is different on JET, but they're all similarly rewarding
As a new wave of JET Program participants arrives in the country, a program alumni shares tips on getting the most out of the experience.
Japan Times
Mar 6, 2023
Round 2 at your teaching job: New confidence, new opportunities
We're coming up on a new school year. Aim to improve your language skills and travel the country more with your newfound confidence.
Japan Times
Feb 21, 2023
Government to screen Japanese-language schools to ensure quality
New legislation will also require instructors at certified schools to obtain a new national qualification for teaching Japanese.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 8, 2023
Nagasaki prefecture will not appeal damages for sexually harassed U.S. teacher
The victim said she suffered mental anguish due to sexual harassment by a vice principal and an assistant language teacher in separate incidents in 2016 and 2018.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 24, 2023
Nagasaki Prefecture ordered to pay damages to U.S. woman over harassment
A Nagasaki court ordered the local government to pay ¥500,000 to an American woman who said she had suffered mental anguish due to sexual harassment by a vice principal and a male colleague.
Japan Times
Jan 11, 2022
Japan's strict border controls prompt more than 300 foreign nationals to decline teaching jobs
The withdrawal comes as prospective language instructors remain in limbo over Japan's strict immigration policies since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Explainer
Jan 4, 2022
What's next for English-language education in Japan?
English has been at the heart of discussions over nationwide university entrance exams amid growing frustrations that few Japanese students learn to speak the language fluently.
Japan Times
Sep 6, 2021
What to expect as a 'teacher of color' in Japan
Every situation is different. As a nonwhite instructor in Japan, it helps to know others facing the same challenges you are.
Japan Times
Sep 4, 2020
Language support budget for non-Japanese children to double
The move aims to reduce the number of would-be students not attending any form of school.
Japan Times
Mar 9, 2020
Stockpiling food and keeping up appearances in Hokkaido's schools
English teachers in Hokkaido, which apart from the Diamond Princess cruise ship has been hit hardest with coronavirus cases in Japan, struggle to make sense of measures taken at their schools.
Japan Times
Mar 4, 2020
Some areas short of Japanese-language teachers for foreign youth
Some areas in Japan are struggling to secure enough public school staff to teach Japanese to children with foreign roots, amid a recent surge in the number of such students in the country, a Kyodo News survey showed Wednesday.
Japan Times
Mar 3, 2020
With the coronavirus canceling classes, what are English teachers to do?
ALTs and English-language school employees are reporting confusion over what role their employers should play in a possible pandemic.


Things may look perfect to the outside world, but today's mom is fine with some imperfection at home.
How 'Reiwa moms' are reshaping motherhood in Japan