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JET alumni create short documentary films on Tohoku reconstruction

This morning’s Nikkei ran an inside-page Kyodo story on short documentary films created by JET alumnus Wesley Julian and other members of the 113 Project and posted online. Julian was visiting Miyagi Prefecture to see his former students on March 11, 2011, when the earthquake and tsunami hit the region. After returning to the U.S., Julian launched a project with….Read more

EDUCATION

Japan’s triumphant “tiger mom” advocates extreme parenting

Any Japanese mother would feel tremendously proud if her child were able to gain admission into Science Division 3 of the University of Tokyo (“Todai ri-san” for short). This pre-med division sits at the top of the collegiate hierarchy in Japan, accepting only 100 students each year. There is a saying within Japanese education circles that while getting into Todai is….Read more

  • April 6, 2016
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EDUCATION > Universities

Does going to a “good” university guarantee a “happy” life? More Japanese say yes.

Have you ever wondered if your life would have been happier if you’d gone to a more prestigious university? We adults know from experience that happiness in life doesn’t hinge on whether you go to a “good school.” But when it comes to our own kids, many of us still hope they will at least be able to go to….Read more

  • February 3, 2016
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POLITICS

Keidanren to urge major companies to stipulate “quotas for hiring those who study abroad”

(Yomiuri: November 8, 2015 – p. 1)    Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) has decided on a policy of urging major companies, which hire in autumn undergraduate and postgraduate students, who have returned home after studying abroad, by setting separate quotas for them, to indicate so in their guidelines for applicants next year. This is because university students, who do not….Read more

  • November 8, 2015
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POLITICS

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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POLITICS

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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POLITICS

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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