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China beats U.S. as popular study abroad destination among Japanese youth

(Asahi: October 28, 2015, Evening edition – p. 1)    The number of Japanese students studying in the U.S. keeps dropping. The decline stands out compared to other overseas study destinations for Japanese students. The statistics for 2012, released this year, shows that China surpassed the U.S. as the top study abroad destination among Japanese students. A close look into….Read more

  • 2015-10-29 15:00:00
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Infographic on study abroad

(Asahi: October 28, 2015, Evening edition—p. 1)    

  • 2015-10-29 15:00:00
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EDUCATION > English Language

English vocabulary books based on movies and manga attract all ages

They say that if you do what you love, you’ll succeed. So, if you want to learn a language, you should start by studying the language through things you love, like movies or manga. Sankei (2/18) wrote that a number of English learning materials based on popular movies, manga, and novels are being published in Japan these days, saying that….Read more

  • February 25, 2015
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Letter to the Editor: Hopes for programs assisting study abroad

(Asahi: January 16, 2015 – p. 16)    From Yuki Yoshida, junior high school student (15 years old) in Tokyo    There are five years left before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Expectations are rising. Under such circumstances, I learned that the Tokyo metropolitan government is considering measures to support young people and students who wish to study abroad. Against the….Read more

  • 2015-01-16 15:00:00
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EDUCATION > English Language

Students don’t see English in their future

Despite the government’s continuous efforts to improve English language education in Japan in order to cultivate successful professionals who can thrive in the international arena, a surprising number of young Japanese don’t imagine themselves actually using English in the future. According to NHK (12/12), Benesse Educational Research and Development Institute conducted a survey in March of 6,294 students at junior high….Read more

  • December 17, 2014
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EDUCATION

Schools, firms ramp up education to produce next Masayoshi Son

The young generation in Japan prefers to live a stable life and has no desire to start a business, or so it’s been said. This is corroborated by a recent survey carried out by major recruiting firm Hays on 1,000 Japanese people aged between 18 and 30. The survey found that 58% of respondents had no interest in starting their….Read more

  • October 29, 2014
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ECONOMY

Welfare ministry to create new system for childcare workers in special areas

(Nikkei: October 10, 2014 – p. 4) The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare will create a new system for “childcare workers limited to special areas.” They will be able to work in national strategic special zones. Aside from the regular childcare worker examination, an annual exam will be administered. Those childcare workers will work in the special zones for….Read more

  • October 10, 2014
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POLITICS

Editorial: Hope to spread moves calling for correcting Kono Statement

(Sankei: October 5, 2014 – p. 2) Local assemblies have now adopted position papers calling for reviewing the Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono’s statement, which admitted to the Japanese military’s coercion in recruiting comfort women, as well as correcting descriptions in school textbooks. In order also to clear up the misunderstanding spreading worldwide that comfort women were “sex slaves,” it….Read more

EDUCATION > English Language

Musashi secondary school supports enrollment in overseas universities

(Nikkei: September 22, 2014 – p. 22) Nezu Educational Foundation (NEF), which operates Musashi High School and Junior High School (for boys), has launched the Musashi-Temple RED [Research, Essay writing and Debate] Program, an extracurricular course for junior and senior high school students who wish to directly enroll in U.S. and European universities from high school. NEF Director Yasuyoshi Uemura….Read more

  • September 22, 2014
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EDUCATION > Universities

Leave of absence gives Tokyo University students eye-opening experiences

(Nikkei: September 18, 2014 – p. 29) The University of Tokyo (Todai) introduced a gap-year system for first-year students in the 2013 academic year to allow them to gain more life experience soon after entering college. About six months have passed since the students who participated in the inaugural gap-year program returned to school. They engaged in a variety of….Read more

  • September 18, 2014
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