EDUCATION

Feb 07
The annual number of accidents during gymnastic formation performances has exceeded 8,000 for four years in a row since fiscal 2011 in primary, middle and high schools, according to the Japan Sport Council (JSC). (the-japan-news.com)
Feb 04
A male teacher at a public junior high school in Kasai, Hyogo Prefecture, burned a student’s hair with a lighter during a class in January. (Japan Today)
Feb 04
Japan is the world’s third-largest economy and the producer of many of the world’s best products, from video games to cars. Yet most Americans don’t know much about the country’s rich history. (vox.com)
Feb 03
Move over dancing queen, here comes the “Campus Queen”! Last Friday a digital photo book featuring four finalists from the Miss Campus contest was released in Japan. (rocketnews24.com)
Feb 02
All four English skills–reading, listening, writing and speaking–of junior high and high school seniors in Japan failed to meet state-set targets, an education ministry survey showed Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
Feb 02
Ahead of Setsubun on Wednesday, the day to celebrate the beginning of spring, the Consumer Affairs Agency has warned parents to guard against small children accidentally swallowing soybeans. (Japan Times)
Feb 02
Rote memorization has displaced critical thinking and driven young Japanese students away from the study of history, argues the author, who blames the universities’ own fact-driven entrance examinations for the crisis facing the humanities and social sciences in higher education. (nippon.com)
Feb 02
Until recently, if you were a non-resident working in Japan, you could easily claim all your supposed over-seas dependents. However, the Japanese government has now become wise to the many shenanigans of those claiming outrageous numbers of family members, (sometimes to the tune of 10 to 15 dependents claimed). (Japan Today)
Feb 02
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a nursery school employee in Kita Ward on suspicion of abusing a 6-year-old boy, reports Nippon News Network. (Tokyo Reporter)
Feb 02
The Finance Ministry will consider requiring tobacco packaging to display more prominent warnings about the possible health impact caused by smoking. (Japan Times)