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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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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

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