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Opposition Hammers Claimed Abe Ties to Approved Operator of Dubious School

Scandal is swirling around Prime Minister Abe Shinzō as reports surface that he wielded influence through the cabinet organization to secure approval of a new veterinary school to be built in a specially designated strategic district in Ehime Prefecture. The proposed school would be operated by Kake Gakuen, an educational outfit in Okayama Prefecture headed by Kake Kōtarō, a personal friend of t…
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Restructuring at National Universities: Implications for the Future of Higher LearningMatsuura Yoshimitsu

National universities are seeing a restructuring boom for the first time in decades, with many faculties being newly launched and others being reorganized. Two key concepts behind many of these moves—combining the humanities and sciences and contributing to the community—are responses to priorities set forth by the Ministry of Education. But could these changes jeopardize national universities’ presence as Japan’s highest institutions of learning? Matsuura Yoshimitsu, an expert in higher education, discusses the university reforms now underway and their implications.
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Noda Eager to Run in 2018 LDP Leadership Race (News)

Tokyo, April 29 (Jiji Press)—Noda Seiko, a senior member of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, has expressed her eagerness to run in a party leadership election in autumn 2018. At an April 25, 2017, interview, Noda Seiko speaks of her intent to run for the LDP presidency in autumn 2018. (© Jiji)  In a recent interview with Jiji Press, Noda, former chair of the party's General Council,…
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60% of Junior High Teachers Hit Overwork Death Threshold (News)

Tokyo, April 28 (Jiji Press)—About 60% of teachers at public junior high schools in Japan worked at least 60 hours per week in fiscal 2016, beyond the dividing line used by the state for determining death from overwork, an education ministry survey revealed Friday. Compared with the previous survey conducted for fiscal 2006, work hours went up for all job titles at public elementary and junior …
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Poop-Themed Kanji Study Book a Bestseller in JapanNippon.com Staff

Japan’s latest publishing sensation is a godsend for parents fretting over how to get their children focused on learning kanji. Unko kanji doriru (Poop Kanji Drills) applies a mountain of excrement to the problem with over 3,000 example sentences featuring the word unko (poop). The elementary school student’s fascination with the smelly theme has propelled the six-book series (one for each eleme…
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LDP Discussing How to Widen Range of Free Education (News)

Tokyo, April 3 (Jiji Press)—Discussions have gained momentum in Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party over how to widen the range of education provided free of tuition, since a new proposal was floated last week. An LDP group on a long-term economic vision, whose members include party agriculture affairs division head Koizumi Shinjirō, plans on April 5 to propose expanding the current social …
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Societywide Effort Needed to Address School BullyingArai Hajime

Bullying at schools in Japan has become harder to identify as students are often harassed through social-networking sites like Line. The author looks at the approaches necessary to protect children and students from becoming victims.
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Japanese High School Students Passive in Studies: Survey (News)

Tokyo, March 13 (Jiji Press)—Japanese high school students have a passive attitude toward their studies, compared with US, Chinese and South Korean students, a survey showed Monday. According to the survey by the National Institution for Youth Education, 91.2% of Japanese respondents think their classes are designed to have students memorize contents of textbooks, the second-largest group by na…
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Schools Near Fukushima N-Plant Hold Last Graduation Ceremonies (News)

Iwaki, Fukushima Pref., March 1 (Jiji Press)—Five high schools located near Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s disaster-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant held their respective last graduation ceremonies on Wednesday before their planned closures in April. The 11 seniors from Futaba High School stand at attention at their graduation ceremony in Iwaki, Fukushima, on March 1. (© Jiji) Parents a…
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Controversial School Operator Made Pupils Support Abe (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 27 (Jiji Press)—A kindergarten run by the private school operator at the center of a controversial land acquisition deal made its pupils express support for Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō, an opposition lawmaker said Monday. During a meeting of the House of Representatives Budget Committee, Fukushima Nobuyuki of the main opposition Democratic Party said the kindergarten in Osaka…
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