Tag - schools



A Yotsuya Otsuka cram school in Tokyo
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 2, 2023
Second ex-Tokyo cram school teacher arrested for upskirt video
Narumi Nakamura allegedly asked his colleague to take a video of a 7-year-old student's underwear.
Students from Yanagawa High School and its Thai-affiliated junior high school pose for a photo during an exchange event in August.
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Kyushu
Oct 2, 2023
Pioneering Thai-Japanese school aims to nurture global minds
Yanagawa Junior High School Thailand is affiliated with a school in Fukuoka Prefecture.
By prefecture, Gunma has had the highest number of bicycle accidents involving high school students on their way to school for nine consecutive years.
Oct 1, 2023
Bicycle accidents involving high schoolers highest in Gunma in 2022
The rate for junior high school students was also highest in Gunma Prefecture with 32.03, followed by Kagawa with 16.30.
People take the standard university entrance examination at the University of Tokyo on Jan. 14.
Sep 29, 2023
Japan universities split over new IT section on entrance exam
Universities in Japan are divided in their responses to a new subject — covering the basics of programming, information and communications networks, and databases — on the standard university entrance examination to be held beginning in January 2025.
The unusual timing and resurgence of the flu have been attributed to a decline in immunity during the COVID-19 pandemic and a loosening of disease prevention restrictions.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Sep 15, 2023
Flu season already in full swing in Japan
The season has begun earlier than usual, with a number of schools either suspending individual classes or closing entirely.
Masanobu Ogura, minister in charge of policies related to children, speaks at a government meeting on measures to prevent suicides among children, in April.
JAPAN / Society
Sep 12, 2023
Japan steps up efforts to prevent suicides among children
The number of suicides among elementary, junior high and senior high school students has been on the rise, reaching 514 in 2022.
Students walk past a classroom building on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
WORLD / Society
Sep 7, 2023
Generation AI: Education reluctantly embraces the bots
Some educators have expressed concern that students might rely on AI to produce work and effectively cheat.
Masanobu Ogura (right), minister in charge of policies for children, speaks during a meeting of an experts' panel held Tuesday in Tokyo to discuss a planned system to require people seeking jobs related to children to submit certificates proving that they have no record of sex crimes.
Sep 6, 2023
Planned sex-offense barring system drafted for child-related jobs
The Children and Families Agency plans to submit a bill to establish the system during this autumn's extraordinary Diet session.
A South Korean teacher reacts as others chant slogans during a protest to demand better protection of their rights and to mourn a young teacher found dead in July in an apparent suicide, in Seoul on Monday. The signs read "Vote for an agreement on the protection of teachers' rights."
Sep 6, 2023
South Korean teachers want an end to parents’ harassment
Teachers say they often face pressure from parents who make excessive or impossible demands of them, including favoritism for their children.
Students at Wakaura Elementary School in the city of Wakayama eat lunch in 2019. Wakayama Prefecture's school lunch program began in April 2017.
JAPAN / Society
Sep 3, 2023
Why a movement for free school lunches is spreading across Japan
By the end of this year, most of Tokyo’s wards will have policies to make lunch free in some form.
A Japanese junior high school student stares off into space while in the classroom. If your child is distracted or preoccupied during lessons, it may be time to speak with their teacher.
Sep 3, 2023
School is back. Is it time to have a word with the teacher?
It’s important to know how to speak to your child’s homeroom teacher at school so you can keep an eye on how they are doing.
An advisory panel for the education minister has proposed a plan to check classroom hours at all public elementary and junior high schools as part of working style reform for teachers.
Aug 28, 2023
Japan plans to monitor classroom hours to cut burden on teachers
Schools where annual lesson periods significantly exceed the standard under the guidelines should cut the excess from the next fiscal year.
The government plans to make it mandatory for staff candidates at children's facilities, including those for children with disabilities, to submit a certificate of no sex crime record.
Aug 17, 2023
Japan considers mandatory sex crime record checks by schools
The government plans to include the requirements in a bill it expects to submit to parliament as early as this fall.
Education ministry officials say long working hours is one of the factors behind a rise in the number of teachers quitting their jobs.
JAPAN / Society
Aug 15, 2023
Record number of teachers quit for mental health reasons in 2021
Education ministry officials say long working hours is one of the factors behind the rise.
Junior high school students participate in a community-based club activity without any instructors in Kakegawa, Shizuoka Prefecture.
JAPAN / Society / Regional voices: Chubu
Aug 15, 2023
Facing long hours, teacher pushes for data-driven reforms
Given the long working hours for Japan's schoolteachers, one educator from Gifu Prefecture is leading initiatives for teachers’ work-style reforms.
The image of schools as exploitive workplaces where labor regulations are habitually flouted is seen as the biggest factor putting off job applicants for teaching positions.
JAPAN / Society
Aug 14, 2023
Japan panel weighs raising overtime pay for teachers
The government is set to discuss an increase in overtime pay for teachers in a bid to compensate them for long working hours and attract new applicants.
Parents of private high school students in Osaka submit a letter to education minister Keiko Nagaoka (center, left) late last month.
JAPAN / Society
Aug 12, 2023
Idea to make all Osaka high schools free sparks controversy
Private schools in Osaka Prefecture have voiced opposition to the plan, fearing increased financial burdens.
An inside page of The Japan Times from 1973 carried a story about the discovery of some old Japanese chess pieces.
JAPAN / History / Japan Times Gone By
Aug 1, 2023
Japan Times 1973: 8 'oldest' shogi pieces found in castle's ruins
An ancient discovery and moments that mark the atomic bombings fill past August pages of Japan Times.
A teacher gives an English lesson in the city of Saitama on July 12.
Jul 31, 2023
Japanese junior high kids average 12% in English oral test
More than 60% of the students evaluated could not answer a single speaking question correctly.
The education ministry plans to take steps toward reducing teacher workload, such as by asking schools to cut classroom hours.
Jul 31, 2023
Japan eyes cutting back excess classroom hours
Some schools are also adding support staff for routine tasks or hiring private-sector employees to manage extracurricular activities.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan