EDUCATION

May 27
A Japanese court has awarded 537 million yen in compensation to a group of teachers who were punished for refusing to sing the country’s anthem, the group said Tuesday as it condemned nationalism in education. (Japan Today)
May 27
Rie Saito, a member of Tokyo’s Kita Ward Assembly, can now join debates after the assembly put into operation Tuesday a speech conversion system for people with hearing difficulties. (The Japan News)
May 25
Only a little over a half of English teachers at public high schools are certified with advanced levels of English proficiency tests, and less than 30 percent of those at junior high schools are qualified likewise, according to an education ministry survey released Monday. (Japan Times)
May 24
E-commerce giant Rakuten has managed to do what the educational system apparently can’t – get Japanese people to speak English competently. After years of Rakuten building the English level of its employees, Chief Executive Officer Hiroshi Mikitani noted recently that the effort has finally paid off. (Japan Times)
May 19
An elementary school teacher in Tachikawa, Tokyo, faces disciplinary action after it was learned that he had taken the fingerprints of every child in his sixth grade class. (Japan Today)
May 18
Two Japanese high schools received awards at the 2015 Global Classrooms International Model United Nations Conference held in New York last week. (The Japan News)
May 16
At Takaido Junior High School in Tokyo’s Suginami Ward, about 150 roses are now fully in bloom on both sides of a passage from the front gate of the school to a school building. (Asahi)
May 16
An Education Ministry sub-committee on education reform set up by the government has recommended changing the way teachers are hired and trained. (Japan Today)
May 15
Basil pollen from the time of the legendary shaman queen Himiko has been discovered at the site that might once have been her home. (Asahi)
May 13
A task force of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party proposed Tuesday the introduction of national examinations for prospective teachers of elementary, junior high and high schools to enhance teachers’ qualifications. (Jiji Press)