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New curriculums to offer 70 hours of English classes a year for 5th, 6th graders

The education ministry on Aug. 1 presented a summary of discussions regarding an update to the national curriculums for elementary, junior high and high schools, with English to be made an official subject with 70 class hours a year in fifth and sixth grade.   The summary was presented to a special working group of the Central Council for Education,….Read more

  • August 1, 2016
  • , Mainichi
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EDUCATION > Study Abroad

Universities providing crisis management sessions for students studying overseas

In view of the recent spate of terrorist attacks, an increasing number of Japanese universities are stepping up their crisis management training for students going overseas for short-term language training or studies this summer or from September.   On July 25, Tokyo Metropolitan University held a “crisis management orientation” session at its campus in Yachioji. Students planning to study in….Read more

  • July 30, 2016
  • , Asahi , p. 35
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“High school diplomats” from Kanagawa looking to interact with U.S. peers

Senior high school students in Kanagawa Prefecture are busy preparing for travel in the U.S. under AIU High School Diplomat, which is an international exchange program celebrating the 30th anniversary this year. They will leave Japan on July 19 and stay on the U.S. East Coast for about three weeks. As “high school diplomats”, they will interact with local peers….Read more

  • July 16, 2016
  • , Yomiuri Kanagawa edition , p. 33
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EDUCATION > Universities

Family poverty discourages children from continuing higher education

One turning point that children face when they turn 18 years old is whether they should continue their studies at college or higher educational institutes. If they are from poorer families, getting higher education will help broaden their knowledge and experience and break the “cycle of poverty.”   However, the percentage of high school students who continue their studies at….Read more

  • July 18, 2016
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 8
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EDUCATION > English Language

Is Okinawa really lowest in English proficiency rankings of high school students?

In a national survey released in April by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, and Science, and Technology (MEXT), Okinawa came last on English proficiency levels of public senior high school students in 47 prefectures. The result was “totally unexpected” for the prefectural education board, as it has been working hard to develop a curriculum with a focus on English….Read more

  • July 16, 2016
  • , Nikkei , p. 39
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EDUCATION > English Language

GOJ to ask JET alumni to help introduce Japanese cultural assets

Monday’s Sankei wrote that the GOJ decided on July 17 to ask alumni of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program to help disseminate information about cultural assets in Japan to foreign countries as a measure to increase the number of foreign tourists visiting Japan. The GOJ plans to ask JET alumni to help provide information via the Internet and….Read more

  • July 18, 2016
  • , Sankei , p. 2
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EDUCATION > Study Abroad

The number of foreign exchange students is growing, but many struggle to find jobs in Japan

NHK reported this morning that the number of foreign exchange students in Japan exceeded 200,000 in 2015, saying that the recent increase is thanks to the GOJ’s project launched eight years ago to increase the number of foreign exchange students to 300,000. Under the project, the GOJ made it possible for foreign students to obtain degrees through academic programs taught….Read more

  • July 14, 2016
  • , NHK
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EDUCATION > Study Abroad

U.S. Consulate in Okinawa donates $20,000 in support of students studying in America

The Okinawa International Exchange and Human Resources Development Foundation (OIHF) received a donation of 23,750 dollars (about 2.59 million yen) from the U.S. Consulate General in Okinawa on Monday in support of students studying in the U.S. U.S. Consul General Joel Ehrendreich handed the certificate to OIHF Chairman Tamotsu Yamada during the ceremony held at the OIHF headquarters. The donation….Read more

  • July 1, 2016
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , p. 17
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EDUCATION > Educational Reform

New subject called “public” to be added to high school curriculum

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Technology presented a proposal to a special team of the Central Council for Education on June 27 on curriculum guidelines for senior high school instruction after fiscal 2022, calling for a review of the civics and geography/history subjects. The council approved the proposal. Under the proposal, three new subjects will be introduced as….Read more

  • June 28, 2016
  • , Yomiuri , p. 37
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SOS from our children

Compulsory education is indispensable for breaking the chains of poverty, but there are large disparities among local governments in their implementation of school expense subsidies. Some experts say society as a whole will pay a huge price if child poverty is not addressed. (Abridged)   Percentage of elementary and junior high school children receiving school expense subsidies in fiscal 2013,….Read more

  • June 27, 2016
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 8
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