EDUCATION

Oct 17
Keisuke Fukuchi, the 2018 world champion of the Othello board game and the youngest ever at 11, was congratulated and surprised while on his return flight to Japan after the competition in Prague as the pilot revealed via intercom that he was the previous record holder. (Kyodo)

Oct 16
The Imperial Household Agency said Monday it will jointly excavate Japan’s largest ancient mounded tomb with a local government for the first time. (Japan Times)

Sep 27
A record 103 Japanese universities made it onto this year’s Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings list, with the nation’s two top universities — the University of Tokyo and Kyoto University — moving up in the standings.
(Japan Times)

Sep 26
A medical school in Tokyo that recently admitted to rigging entrance exams to discriminate against women has approved its first female president.
(NHK)

Sep 21
A Japanese medical university mired in a bribery scandal and under fire for discriminating against female applicants is set to have its first woman president. (NHK)

Sep 18
Overseas hackers are thought to have made off with information on Japan’s maritime strategy in a March attack on specific people at national universities, which a Nikkei survey has found to be growing targets for their relatively lax security and sensitive knowledge. (Nikkei)

Sep 12
A survey by Japan’s health ministry has found that the percent of people in the country who smoke has fallen to new lows. (NHK)

Sep 11
For some time now, schools in Japan have been feeling the crunch of their aging society, and the plummeting number of potential students that come with it. (Japan Today)

Sep 08
An explosion occurred at Kyushu University in the city of Fukuoka Friday morning and an unidentified human body was found in the debris, local police said. (Japan Times)

Sep 01
The life and times of Japan’s first golfer: AMSTERDAM, 1606
(thesamuraigolfer.com)