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EDUCATION > Educational Reform

Editorial: We must discuss what it means to support education

In the Upper House election campaign this summer, a popular pledge of both ruling and opposition parties is the establishment of education grants for college students without payback obligations.   Currently in Japan, the government supports college students by providing loans that are paid back after students’ graduation. The Democratic Party and the Japanese Communist Party have been calling for….Read more

  • June 26, 2016
  • , Sankei , P. 2
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POLITICS > Elections

Politicians give campaign speeches at universities and make use of social media

Since the voting age has been lowered to 18 for the upcoming House of Councillors election, politicians are working hard to attract the “youth vote.” Candidates have been visiting universities and other places where they can meet many young people in an effort to win them over by talking about such issues as scholarships and “black companies” that exploit part-time….Read more

  • June 25, 2016
  • , Mainichi , p. 27
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Japan team wins “poetry slam”

Ryukyu Shimpo reported on Sunday morning on a “poetry slam” conducted at Shuri High School in Naha on Saturday, which was a part of a poetry exchange project hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo since 2014. The paper said seven students from Shuri High School participated, exchanging poems with students from New York, Tokyo, and Seoul via the Internet.….Read more

EDUCATION > Educational Reform

Scholarship planks in party platforms

  • June 23, 2016
  • , Yomiuri , p. 27
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What kind of people are the new teenage voters?

Those who will turn 18 years old this year and vote for the first time in the House of Councillors election were born in 1998. What kind of people are they in general?   “They were brought up in an environment where mobile phones and computers were part of daily life and they are savvy about using social media,” said….Read more


High school students 15.9 billion yen in arrears on scholarship repayments

A Yomiuri Shimbun survey revealed that a cumulative total of about 15.9 billion yen in scholarships provided to high school students by prefectures was not paid as of the end of March 2015, the end of fiscal 2014. Although measures to reduce the burden such as the tuition waiver program for high school students have been introduced, many can’t repay….Read more

  • June 17, 2016
  • , Yomiuri evening edition , p. 15
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EDUCATION > Universities

UCLA opens Japan center in Chiba

Monday evening’s Nikkei front-paged a report on the opening on June 16 of the “UCLA Japan Center” in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture. UCLA researchers and entrepreneurs from the school will seek talented Japanese students and support prospective venture companies in their efforts to start businesses in the U.S. This is the first time for UCLA to open such a facility in….Read more

EDUCATION > Study Abroad

What students gain from studying abroad

“I want to work at a company where I can use the language skills I developed by studying abroad.” We often hear this [at DISCO] during career counseling sessions with students who have studied abroad. They tend to go into interviews all bright-eyed, emphasizing their language skills and intercultural experience and saying they want to do business overseas in the….Read more

  • June 15, 2016
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EDUCATION > Universities

Ambassador visits Akita International University

Asahi reported on its website that Ambassador Kennedy visited Akita International University in Akita Prefecture on Thursday. The paper said after strolling in a park with Akita Governor Satake and Akita Mayor Hozumi, the Ambassador toured the university. The daily wrote that the Ambassador exchanged views with about a dozen students on the benefits of studying abroad and other topics. One….Read more

EDUCATION > Universities

Universities in the eyes of company recruiters

Nihon Keizai Shimbun and Nikkei Human Resources, which offers support in job searches, conducted a survey on how human resource officers of listed corporations view universities on the basis of their observations on new employees attended those universities.   In the category of globalization, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in Oita Prefecture ranked at the top. Seven out of the….Read more

  • June 9, 2016
  • , Nikkei , p. 27
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