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Japanese colleges moving online

Exactly a year ago, we reported on Japanese universities’ hesitancy to go online because of school administrators’ doubts about the appropriateness of offering lectures to outsiders free of charge and instructors’ concern that their courses might be unfavorably compared with those of rival educators. Times have changed. According to Asahi (3/21), dozens of local institutions of higher education are about….Read more

  • April 2, 2014
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Japanese universities hesitant to go online

According to Wikipedia, 2012 was the year of the “massive open online course” (MOOC). These free online university courses are for large-scale interactive participation and open access via the web. Several well-financed MOOC providers associated with leading American universities emerged last year, including edX, Udacity, and Coursera, which have already attracted millions of knowledge-hungry netizens from around the world. Prominent….Read more

  • March 27, 2013
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Top-notch college students eager to share test-taking tips online

Although most Japanese institutions of higher education are still reluctant to open their ivory towers to outsiders, some local university students appear to be more “open-minded” in sharing their knowledge and expertise with high school students preparing for college entrance exams. According to AERA (3/17) and Yomiuri (2/26), University of Tokyo junior Taketsugu Hanabusa launched an online prep school called….Read more

  • March 27, 2013
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ECONOMY > Agriculture

Women, IT, social media hold the key to the future of agriculture

Agriculture is considered to be a declining industry in Japan in view of the aging population, so attracting young successors to rejuvenate the aging workforce is a serious challenge for the farming community. Moreover, the agricultural industry is deemed a “bastion of resistance forces” when it comes to international trade liberalization talks, including the TPP. However, Prime Minister Abe recently….Read more

  • March 13, 2013
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Japanese make voices heard through online petitions

NHK’s daily morning news program “Ohayo Nippon” reported on January 9 on the growing trend to seek petitioners globally by posting petitions online , showing how a Japanese violinist was able to retrieve her Stradivarius violin one month after it was confiscated by German customs at Frankfurt Airport thanks to more than 5,000 petitions collected through the website – Change.org.….Read more

  • January 16, 2013
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