schools

Squat toilets’ popularity fading as parents call for them to be abolished in Japanese schools

The existence of the Japanese-style toilet in places of education may be circling the drain.

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Tokyo junior high school demands students wear white underwear as part of dress code

Apparently kids just can’t learn properly if they’re wearing any other shade.

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Students recreate scene from Spirited Away at Japanese school festival

People all over Japan are falling in love with the drama and humour in this charming re-enactment.

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Snappy as they look, Japanese school uniforms can be an extremely expensive hassle for parents

The annual hit to the family’s finances has certain households dreading the start of each new school year.

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Japanese Twitter user’s sad memory of when school literally refused to look at bullying problem

Pain of heartbreakingly clueless ethics lesson continues years later.

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Frightening video shows how quickly Korean university’s library flooded in fierce storm 【Video】

Downpour turns room into pond in less than two minutes.

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Storm floods Korean university’s library in dramatic style 【Photos】

Trading a library for a canoe course wouldn’t be an entirely bad deal.

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Tokyo specialized school’s new department will teach you to be an Akihabara professional

Courses include maid cafe management, idol production, and dojinshi promotion.

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University library in Tokyo may be world’s coolest with its “floating” meeting rooms【Pics】

Glass-domed rooms grace five-story atrium.

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Famed educator says Steve Jobs, Bill Gates would have been ruined by Japanese education system

Labels the country’s schools as stifling “salaryman training facilities.”

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Official Harry Potter site releases info about the mysterious Japanese wizards and their school

Where do Japan’s young witches and wizards go to hone their magical abilities? Why, Mahoutokoro on the island of Minami Iwo Jima, of course!

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Breakfast for a buck! Tokyo university offering ridiculously cheap, mouth-watering morning meals

No one said the most important meal of the day can’t also be the cheapest.

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Kindergartener brings a surprise guest to school for the best show and tell ever

Young children are full of surprises, but sometimes the biggest surprise comes out of their backpacks. Meet Zen and the newest “student” at a Thai kindergarten, his cat.

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High school students create amazing musical arcade game for their school festival

Autumn is the season of school cultural festivals (bunkasai) in Japan. Students pour hours and hours of their time into creating the best possible attractions, food stands, and performances and proudly display these efforts of love for the surrounding community to enjoy.

There must be something in the water because, starting with the teacups ride we introduced last month, Japanese students seem to be showing some unprecedented creativity this year. Just take this musical arcade game that was built entirely by high schoolers, and which many stunned guests have proclaimed to be “good enough to be in a real game center.”

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Discovery of Death Note-inspired hit list in New Hampshire school has families on high alert

Death Note, the popular manga series turned live-action movie from Japan, follows the story of a bored young genius and his discovery of a supernatural book called the Death Note, which has the power to take the life of anyone whose name is written in it by the owner.

The sinister storyline has now influenced a real-life turn of events at a high school in the United States, where a self-styled “Death Note” was found, containing the names of 17 students, including the dates of their deaths and the manner by which they would be killed.

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Lonely kids at all-boys school in Kyoto create giant bra out of curtains for invisible breasts

The logic behind single-gender schools is keep the pupils focused on their studies, and not the growing allure the opposite sex holds for them. Of course, it’s not so easy to make the adolescent male mind forget about the female form. As we’ve seen before, in the absence of real girls, sometimes boys will start making their own, maybe even out of thin air.

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Is this the coolest kindergarten in the world? Probably 【Pics & Video】

Does the architecture of a building have an effect on the lives of the people inside of it? One famous Japanese architect thinks so and we’re pretty convinced now too.

Takaharu Tezuka, a Tokyo-based architect, designed a revolutionary kindergarten building that not only lets the kids run free, but also teaches them about life.

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Chinese city government bans Christmas in schools

While many of us spent the last few days stuffing our faces with Christmas treats, singing jolly carols and hoarding presents, one whole city of school children in China were unfortunately unable to celebrate the occasion because the Grinch, a.k.a. adults, had stolen their Christmas.

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Complaints lead to talks about whether noise from schools should be regulated

With Japan trying to figure out how to handle its issue of a declining population (predicted to decrease by one-third over the next half century if the current trend in birth rates continues), the country has been working to raise awareness of the problem and implement more resources for children and parents.

However, with a recent increase of new day cares, preschools, and kindergartens, there has also been an increase of complaints about noise, particularly from elderly residents.

Some of these cases have even gone to court, and have resulted in some schools having to restrict outdoor playtime for the children and keep their curtains closed.

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Eyes on your own paper! 1,200 Chinese students take test outdoors to prevent cheating 【Photos】

Proponents of outdoor learning, in which organized education takes outside the schoolhouse, say there are a number of benefits to the approach. Aside from fostering better communication skills and self-esteem, advocates hold that open-air class sessions lead to lower stress levels and greater respect for the natural environment.

None of those seemed to be the goal of a recent test session in China, though, where over 1,000 students took their tests outside a single school.

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