education

Kyoto families angered by new policy forcing high school students to buy tablets at own expense

Kyoto’s mandate seems to be one of the most burdensome on families in light of national directives for equipping students with electronic devices.

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The top 10 universities in Japan determined by 2021 World University Rankings

Top ten universities in the overall ranking are situated in nine different Japanese prefectures

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Teacher disciplined for drinking alcohol during class in Japan

Students driving you to drink is no excuse to open a cold one in the classroom.

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Japanese girl can’t think of anything to write about for in-class essay, writes awesome one anyway

Outside-the-box thinking gets a thumbs-up from teacher.

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Street Fighter II characters appear in Japanese English textbook, drawn by famous designer

Cosplayer conversation in junior high text features cameos by World Warriors.

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Wakayama high school students make life-sized DeLorean time machine replica from scratch

Roads? Where this car is going, they don’t need roads…

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Teacher’s heartwarming message helps student pursue art dream

It all started with an apple in a Japanese class journal. 

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Why do kids in Japan use those large leathery “randoseru” school bags?

A trend a century and a half in the making.

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Japan’s Ministry of Education hosts Twitter campaign to recruit teachers, it backfires right away

When the Ministry of Education said “pass the baton,” some folks threw it in the trash instead.

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Public schools in Japan’s Saga Prefecture will no longer regulate/check students’ underwear color

“Male” and “female” uniform designations, character strap prohibitions also removed.

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Survey asks Japanese teens which school club they want to join, and “kitaku” club is top choice

Sure, tennis and band are fun, but it’s hard to beat the appeal of kitaku.

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Okazaki City gives all elementary and junior high students portable Vocaloid software

Why, back in my day, we had to make music by hitting and blowing into pieces of wood!

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Some Japanese elementary schools don’t let kids wear underwear during P.E., and parents are mad

Even by Japanese school rule standards, this is a baffling, infuriating one.

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Japanese YouTuber talks candidly about sex education with fresh flair and funny anecdotes

Shelly is here to talk to you about the tori and the hachi—er, the birds and the bees.

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Japan’s Shizuoka bans teachers from personal communication with students on social media

Teachers who violate rule will face disciplinary action.

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Brown-haired girl sues Japanese school for telling her to dye hair black, court makes decision

Four-year lawsuit ends with win for former student, but not the one she was hoping for.

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Man kicked out of Japan’s national college entrance exam for improper mask-wearing technique

If you can’t handle wearing a mask properly, you’re probably not ready for higher education.

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“Peaceful life with many dogs” is unacceptable dream, Japanese high school teacher tells student

Does your dream have to be a job?

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Japanese school renames boys, girls uniforms as “Type I” and “Type II” in gender identity reform

New dress code allows choice of bottoms for female students only.

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Medical university in Tokushima honors student for his gaming

And I have yet to hear from my alma mater…

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