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IMF official calls on Japan to promote science education for women

Washington, Oct. 19 (Jiji Press)–Ranil Salgado, assistant director at the International Monetary Fund, called on Japan to promote science education for women to secure personnel for digitalization.     Small and midsize companies in Japan, which play a key role in economic growth, are falling behind in digitalization, Salgado, the IMF’s mission chief for the country, said in a recent interview….Read more

  • October 19, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 10:53 p.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Cram school to retract decision to delete items in history textbooks

By Kitano Ryuichi, senior staff writer   A major cram school operator bent to pressure again and said it would retract its earlier decision to delete history textbook passages about the Nanking Massacre and the Takeshima islets.   Sundai Yobigakko, which runs preparatory schools for students taking university entrance exams, announced in late August that it would remove the two….Read more

  • October 14, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 6:45 p.m.
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EDUCATION > Study Abroad

Aichi universities resume exchange programs as vaccines ease pandemic fears

CHUNICHI SHIMBUN   At many universities overseas, fall is when the new academic year begins. But amid the COVID-19 pandemic, universities in Aichi Prefecture have been unable to send students on exchange programs to the institutions overseas with which they have ties.   Among those affected is Aichi Shukutoku University, which dispatched 299 students to eight countries in fiscal 2019,….Read more

  • October 11, 2021
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Japan has lowest share of women studying science: OECD report

TOKYO – Japan had the lowest share of women studying science among 36 comparable Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development member countries in 2019, the organization’s latest annual report has shown. OECD pointed out Japan’s significant gender gap in the areas collectively termed STEM, science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and said the country needs to inspire women to pursue these studies.….Read more

  • October 9, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 10:06 a.m.
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EDUCATION > Study Abroad

Nobelist Manabe eschewed Japanese ‘harmony’ for American candor

YUMIKO OSHIMA and AKIRA OIKAWA, Nikkei staff writers   NEW YORK/TOKYO — When Japanese meteorologist Syukuro Manabe spoke about his problems with Japan, chuckles could be heard among the audience assembled at Princeton University to hear this year’s Nobel Prize laureate in physics speak.   “In Japan, if you ask some question, you get ‘yes’ or ‘no,’” Manabe said to….Read more

  • October 10, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 10:01 a.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Feature: S. Korea, Japan students share summer house, deepen understanding

SEOUL – Amid a fraught relationship between South Korea and Japan, seven students from the two countries spent the summer together — cooking, relaxing in front of the TV, and yes, trying to hash out their countries’ political differences while deepening their understanding of each other.   The undertaking, involving four Japanese studying in South Korea and three South Koreans who can speak….Read more

  • October 5, 2021
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University of Tokyo to set up $536m fund for school-born startups

TOKYO — The University of Tokyo plans to start investing in startups spawned at the institution drawing from a new 60 billion yen ($536 million) fund, Nikkei has learned, as it aims to support the creation of unicorns and help Japan catch up in the global tech race. The fund is expected to become Japan’s largest university-launched startup fund.

  • September 30, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 6:02 p.m.
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Govt subsidies eyed to boost ratio of female researchers in leadership roles in Japan

The education ministry plans to establish a new support system next fiscal year to foster increased opportunities for female researchers at universities and other research institutions, it has been learned.   The Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry intends to provide institutions with subsidies on the condition that they set specific targets to mend the gender gap and strive….Read more

  • October 1, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 2:08 p.m.
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EDUCATION > Universities

Places at 46% of private Japanese universities not filled in 2021

TOKYO – New enrollments at 46.4 percent, or 277, of four-year private Japanese universities in spring 2021 were less than the number of places offered, up 15.4 percentage points from the previous fiscal year, a survey by a mutual private school organization showed Tuesday.   A decrease of around 26,000 in the 18-year-old population, as well as the number of….Read more

  • September 28, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 7:54 p.m.
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Japan’s universities tightening background checks on foreign students

TOKYO – Japan’s major universities including those with close ties with China are moving to tighten background checks on foreign students seeking to study civil-military technologies, a Kyodo News survey found Thursday.   Their efforts to keep sensitive information from being transferred out of Japan comes after the government of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced a plan in June to….Read more

  • September 24, 2021
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