Open-ended questions for Japan's new university entrance exams scrapped

National Dec 17, 2019

Open-ended questions for Japan's new university entrance exams scrapped

The government Tuesday decided against adding open-ended questions for Japanese and math to the country's new standardized university entrance exams due to start January 2021. Education minister Koichi Hagiuda said issues such as the potential for errors to be made by private-sector graders, which includes ...

Japanese students call for greater awareness of climate change

National Dec 10, 2019

Japanese students call for greater awareness of climate change

Experts and university students expressed concern about the nation's low environmental consciousness at a recent symposium in Tokyo. Citing Swedish activist Greta Thunberg's campaign efforts to tackle climate change, Tohoku University professor Jusen Asuka warned of a lack of awareness about the issue in Japan. "People ...

Girls revive previously male-dominated cheering squads

National | Regional voices: Chubu Dec 6, 2019

Girls revive previously male-dominated cheering squads

Typical cheerleading clubs in schools, known as ōendan, consist of men clad in black gakuran stand-up collar uniforms yelling vigorously and performing synchronized, dynamic choreographed moves to support sports teams. While the traditional activity is becoming less popular among male students, many ōendan across the ...