Tag - schools



The front page of The Japan Times on Christmas Eve in 1948 carries news of high-profile executions.
JAPAN / History / Japan Times Gone By
Dec 1, 2023
1948: Tojo and six others hanged
December reports focus on some major events from Japan's past: the 1923 earthquake, World War II and the 1970s oil shock.
"Changes in environment surrounding schoolchildren, such as increases in the amount of time spent using smartphones at home, can be considered as a cause" of poor eyesight, an official of the education ministry said.
JAPAN / Society
Nov 28, 2023
Record number of Japanese children have poor eyesight, survey says
The proportion of elementary, junior high and high school students with less-than-normal visual acuity have reached record highs.
Experts discuss the planned the planned database of sex offense records, at the Children and Families Agency in Tokyo on Sept. 5.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 22, 2023
Japan database to cover over 10 years of sex crime records
The database will allow employers to check whether seekers of jobs involving contact with children have records of sex offenses.
Students engage in group work during a class at Ogawara Elementary School in Ogawara, Miyagi Prefecture, in September.
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Tohoku
Nov 20, 2023
Small Miyagi town excels in national test amid education reforms
This year the average percentage of correct answers by Ogawara's sixth graders in the National Achievement Test was one of the highest.
Students at Koshino Junior High School in Fukui Prefecture engage in a discussion with virtual transfer student Himawari-chan (on screen) during a lesson on disaster prevention on Sept. 19.
JAPAN / Society
Nov 19, 2023
Classroom avatar creating constructive conflict in small schools
Teachers say the Himawari-chan avatar encourages spontaneous thinking by speaking from the perspective of a student.
OpenAI said that it will form a team to explore educational applications of the ChatGPT chatbot.
Nov 17, 2023
OpenAI explores how to get ChatGPT into classrooms
The company says the technology could be a tutor or it can tailor content for different learning styles for students.
Students stand during a flag-lowering ceremony on the first day of the new academic year in Shanghai in 2021.
BUSINESS / Economy
Nov 8, 2023
China's private schools struggle amid COVID and regulatory woes
The sector stumbled after Beijing imposed new rules in 2021 and cracked down on the private tutoring business.
The front entrance gate leading to the former Ashigakubo Elementary School in Yokose, Saitama Prefecture. The school, which was more than a century old, was forced to close in 2009.
JAPAN / Society
Nov 5, 2023
School's out forever in aging Japan
As the number of children in Japan decreases, public money has been made available to help municipalities repurpose old schools.
Three pupils in the third-grade class at Utashinai Gakuen eat school lunch on Sept. 6, in Utashinai, Hokkaido. The combined elementary and junior high school has just 70 students.
Oct 31, 2023
Small class sizes key to survival of Japan's least populous city
The city of Utashinai takes advantage of its small student population by focusing on providing personalized instruction in single-grade classes.
Second-year students at Naka Junior High School in Fukuoka meditate before class in June.
JAPAN / Society
Oct 8, 2023
Eye contact and meditation: School customs re-evaluated in Japan
Some of the unspoken customs entrenched in many Japanese schools can appear a little stringent.
Yotsuya Otsuka cram school head office in Nakano Ward, Tokyo
JAPAN / Crime & Legal / FOCUS
Oct 6, 2023
Cram school teacher arrests ignite child safety debate
Two cram school teachers in Tokyo were arrested for allegedly taking photos of a female student's underwear and sharing them on a group chat.
Ozu High School in Ozu, Kumamoto Prefecture
JAPAN / Society
Oct 4, 2023
Probe launched over 'serious' Kumamoto soccer team bullying
A member of the renowned school team was allegedly forced to kneel on the ground in apology while naked as he was filmed by senior members of the team.
Parents of children refusing to go to school attend a session organized by a nonprofit support group in Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture, in July.
JAPAN / Society
Oct 4, 2023
Number of absent schoolchildren in Japan hits record high
The number of elementary and junior high school children who refused to go to school for at least 30 days in fiscal 2022 jumped 22.1%.
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.


Father's Day is said to have come to Japan around 1950, shortly after the establishment of Mother's Day.
The evolving nature of fatherhood in Japan