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Japan to conduct review of activities of Confucius Institutes in Japan 

Sunday’s Nikkei wrote that the GOJ will conduct a review of the Beijing-funded educational organizations known as Confucius Institutes that operate on university campuses in Japan out of concern that the institutes are being used as a propaganda tool of the Chinese government. The GOJ is also concerned that important security-related technology could be leaked to the Chinese side through personal exchanges involving the institutes. The Education Ministry will….Read more

  • June 6, 2021
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SCIENCE > Health

More than 20% of young people depressed due to COVID-19

NHK reported this morning that a group led by Tokushima University Associate Professor Yamamoto Tetsuya conducted a survey of about 20,000 people in ten prefectures that were under a state of emergency in February. According to the network, the survey found that among the approximately 2,100 people aged 18 to 29, 22.8% were in a state of depression requiring medical….Read more

  • June 2, 2021
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EDUCATION > Universities

Majority of students in Japan happy with online lessons

Tokyo, May 26 (Jiji Press)–A government survey has found that 56.9 pct of students at universities and other schools in Japan are satisfied with online classes, far higher than 20.6 pct who answered the opposite.     The education ministry survey, conducted on the internet in March, covered 3,000 randomly sampled students at universities, junior colleges and vocational high schools, with 1,744 of….Read more

  • May 26, 2021
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Japan studies losing popularity at U.S., European colleges   

Saturday’s Sankei reported that the number of researchers specializing in Japanese affairs has been declining in the U.S. in the past ten years or so due in part to the continued decline in the country’s presence in the international community and decrease in financial support by the Japanese government and corporations. The paper claimed there is only one scholar specializing in Japan at Stanford’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research….Read more

  • May 9, 2021
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If Japan studies decline in the U.S, so will Japan’s global presence

By Prof. Kiyoteru Tsutsui, director of Japan Program at Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University    A while ago, there were influential Japan scholars in the U.S. who exerted an impact on formulation of U.S. public opinion and policy toward Japan. More recently, however, the number of Japan scholars is declining, while those who study China are on the rise. What are the implications of this phenomenon?    Japan scholars are disappearing from U.S. university   campuses. In 2019, the Association for Asian Studies sponsored an academic….Read more

EDUCATION > Study Abroad

Ritsumeikan Univ launches online study abroad program with UC Davis

Ritsumeikan University and its partner, University of California, Davis (UCD), have developed an online study abroad program. Eighty Ritsumeikan students will participate in two UCD classes for about one month. Ritsumeikan plans to initiate similar programs with its other partner universities.   On weekday mornings, Ritsumeikan students in Japan will take UCD classes on English language and Sustainable Development Goals….Read more

  • February 24, 2021
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Students taking look at Vietnam War from fresh perspectives

By Ryuichi Kitano, staff writer   Students born more than 20 years after the Vietnam War ended are shedding new light on Japanese involvement in the conflict through interviews with some of the participants and related people.   One of the works by members of the lab of Ryoichi Matsuno, a journalism studies professor at Chuo University’s Faculty of Global….Read more

  • February 21, 2021
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EDUCATION > Universities

Face-to-face classes cut by over half at 187 Japan universities

Tokyo, Dec. 24 (Jiji Press)–Face-to-face classes have been reduced to less than half of all classes at 187 public and private universities across Japan in the current academic year’s second half from autumn, according to a survey by the education ministry.   The survey also showed that over 80 pct of the 187 universities said they have won understanding and consent from many….Read more

  • December 24, 2020
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EDUCATION > Universities

1,000 in doctoral courses to receive ¥2.3 million in aid

The government will expand financial aid for about 1,000 doctoral students majoring in advance fields who will support the nation’s science and technology capabilities in the future. About ¥2.3 million per year each will be provided for living and research expenses.   Many graduate students have grown worried that their part-time income opportunities and career prospects after graduation will be….Read more

  • December 15, 2020
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EDUCATION > Universities

Japanese govt. plans fund to boost universities

NHK has learned that the Japanese government plans to create a fund aimed at boosting the international competitiveness of the nation’s universities.   The money will be for nurturing young researchers and improving facilities.   It will be allocated to universities that actively work on increasing their global competitiveness in research and development or improving management and personnel systems.  ….Read more

  • December 5, 2020
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