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Myanmar opens first training course for Japanese-language teachers

National Dec 10, 2018

Myanmar opens first training course for Japanese-language teachers

Myanmar's first-ever training course for Japanese-language teachers is opening as part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan to invite more Asian youths to work in Japan. The initial phase of the training program starts this month at the Yangon University of Foreign Languages for students ...

Japanese student drowns during school trip to Australia

National Dec 8, 2018

Japanese student drowns during school trip to Australia

A 16-year-old Japanese high school student on a school trip to Australia has drowned while snorkeling, the Japanese consular office in Cairns said Saturday. The second-year student at Hokuetsu High School in Niigata Prefecture was pulled unconscious from the water on Wednesday when he was ...

India throws book at schools making young pupils carry heavy bags

Asia Pacific Dec 3, 2018

India throws book at schools making young pupils carry heavy bags

Concerned about producing a generation of children with hunched backs and other spine problems, India has denounced schools for making students carry heavy school bags and giving young children homework. The government has issued weight guidelines for school bags depending on a child's age, citing ...

Tasty lamb saves Hokkaido high school from threat of closure

National Nov 7, 2018

Tasty lamb saves Hokkaido high school from threat of closure

An agricultural high school in Hokkaido — its survival once at stake due to a shortage of students — has bounced back by earning fame through the delicious lamb produced by its pupils. The Hokkaido Embetsu Agricultural High School, the sole high school in the ...

Ex-school building thrives as aquarium

National Nov 3, 2018

Ex-school building thrives as aquarium

A former elementary school building in a sparsely populated area in Kochi Prefecture is thriving as an aquarium, with its cumulative visitors topping 100,000 as of Tuesday, about six months after its opening. Closed as a schoolhouse 12 years ago, the three-story building in the ...