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Military-academia cooperation picks up momentum

Monday morning’s Tokyo Shimbun gave top play to the sharp increase in the number of joint research projects between the Defense Ministry and colleges and other institutions, including JAXA, expressing concern that increased exchanges between the military and academia may lead to university professors and students proactively conducting R&D on military technology. The paper explained that the Abe administration encourages….Read more

  • May 16, 2106
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Todai, Tsukuba Univ., Fujitsu to jointly develop Japan’s fastest supercomputer

The University of Tokyo, the University of Tsukuba, and Fujitsu will jointly develop the fastest-processing supercomputer in Japan. The machine is expected to perform calculations more than two times faster than Riken’s “K” and is designed to run on a quarter of the power. Plans are underway to use it on an experimental basis from December.   The basic design….Read more

  • May 11, 2016
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EDUCATION > Educational Reform

University entrance exams to undergo revolution in 2020

Here’s a question for you — The picture at left is a photo of King’s Cross Station. Explain how you feel about it in around 800 characters.   This very abstract question sounds like it belongs on some sort of psychological test, but it actually appeared on the entrance exam for Juntendo University Medical School in 2015. This is a….Read more

  • May 4, 2016
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Ski tour bus accident

  The program focused on a ski tour bus accident on January 15, which claimed the lives of 13 university students. The accident occurred even though tour bus regulations had been strengthened following a series of fatal bus accidents in such places as Osaka and Gunma prefectures. According to the program, elderly drivers are forced to work long hours due….Read more

  • April 30, 2016
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EDUCATION > Educational Reform

Restructuring universities by eliminating the distinction between public, private

As Japan experiences the plateauing of admissions to universities, a further steep decline in the population of eighteen-year-olds is predicted in the coming years. The management of private universities will be even more difficult in the future, especially for regional colleges already suffering from a decline in enrolment for years and failing to reach their entrance capacity. At the same….Read more

  • April 12, 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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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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