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72 national universities will use private-sector English tests

English tests developed by commercial testing companies will be introduced in the “Common Test for University Admissions” from fiscal 2020. On March 13, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) announced that 72 of Japan’s 82 national universities have decided to use the private tests in some way. Hokkaido University and Tohoku University have decided not to….Read more

  • March 14, 2019
  • , Nikkei , p. 40
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Reform education to produce true leaders

This is the final year of the Heisei Era, which started in 1989 and will end when Emperor Akihito abdicates on April 30. Japan will have a new name for the era that begins with the enthronement of his son, Crown Prince Naruhito, the following day. Along with the Western calender, Japan has used a calendar corresponding to the reign….Read more

  • January 23, 2019
  • , The Japan Times
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Gov’t approves free preschool education program starting Oct. 2019

The Japanese government on Friday formally approved the details of a program that will expand child care and higher education support, including free public preschool education for all children aged between 3 and 5, beginning in October 2019.   To address the country’s falling birthrate, the government will also make day care services free for children up to age 2….Read more

  • December 28, 2018
  • , Kyodo News , 12:40 p.m.
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Japan to boost performance-based university subsidies

Tokyo, Dec. 20 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government on Thursday decided to distribute 10 pct of its subsidies for national universities, or some 100 billion yen, in accordance with progress of reforms by each university.   The government’s Council for Science, Technology and Innovation made the decision in a bid to enhance global competitiveness by promoting university reforms amid the aging….Read more

  • December 20, 2018
  • , Jiji Press
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Waseda and Keio Universities to take different approaches to private-sector English tests

Three years from now, private-sector English tests will be incorporated as part of university entrance exams. Keio and Waseda Universities will take different approaches to the use of these commercial testing companies’ exams. Keio University has disclosed its policy not to use them in its general entrance examination in the first academic year the private-sector tests are introduced, and Waseda….Read more

  • November 20, 2018
  • , NHK digital , 4:44 a.m.
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Testing times for students’ English-language ability in Japan

BY Philip Brasor CONTRIBUTING WRITER   The education ministry last year announced it would change the common testing system for universities, starting in 2020. A major change is expected to be made to the English-language component of the exam. Applicants will be asked to take English tests developed by commercial testing companies for the preliminary evaluation. The main reason for the….Read more

  • November 3, 2018
  • , The Japan Times
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The direction of education in Japan

Japan has the 6-3-3-4 education system — compulsory education of six years in elementary school and three years in junior high school. Students then commonly go on to three years in high school and four years in university.

  • September 30, 2018
  • , The Japan Times
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37 national universities undecided on use of private English tests for admission: Asahi survey

National universities are yet to decide whether to use privately-administrated English tests for a standard university entrance examination system, which will be introduced in 2020 across the country. Of the 82 schools surveyed, the Asahi Shimbun found that 12 universities answered they will use private English tests for admission while 37 said they have not decided whether to use them….Read more

  • August 14, 2018
  • , Asahi , p. 1 & 3
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High school teachers “lack information” to support students in studying abroad, MEXT survey

Although 70% of high school teachers think that studying abroad is a plus for high school students in their university entrance exams, 50% of these teachers say they lack information to support students in studying abroad, a survey indicates.   The Internet-based survey was conducted in May by the secretariat of “Tobitate! Ryugaku Japan,” a Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports,….Read more

  • July 27, 2018
  • , Yomiuri , p. 15
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Todai to set basic course on use of private English tests for admission based on in-house recommendations

On July 14, the University of Tokyo (Todai) released the findings of an in-house working group on the use of private English tests for university admission, which will be introduced in standard university entrance examinations from fiscal 2020. As the first option, the working group recommends that scores of privately-administered English tests not be used in admission tests, but at….Read more

  • July 15, 2018
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 28
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