EDUCATION

Mar 29
The education ministry reported last month that high school English-proficiency scores fell far short of its goals. (Japan Times)
Mar 28
Japan has repatriated eight children to or from other countries in the year since it joined the Hague Convention on child abductions, according to the Foreign Ministry. (Asahi)
Mar 27
The Foreign Ministry plans to introduce a system in which the arbitration entities of Japan and other countries will cooperate in meeting the demands of parents overseas, such as in the return of, and meeting with, their children in international child custody disputes. (The Japan News)
Mar 25
The principal of a school in Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, has apologized after a teacher buried five newborn kittens, four of which were still alive, on school grounds. (Japan Today)
Mar 24
Police in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, have arrested a 54-year-old high school teacher for driving under the influence of alcohol. (Japan Today)
Mar 19
Speaking at a Japan-U.S. event held Thursday in Tokyo, visiting U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and Akie Abe, the wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, called for support to promote the education of girls around the world. (Jiji Press)
Mar 19
The education ministry surveyed third-year high school students by examining four English language skills of listening, writing, speaking and reading, and revealed Tuesday that even in their strongest subject – reading – about 73 percent hovered at the middle school level. (The Japan News)
Mar 18
The Otsu municipal government accepted an out-of-court settlement Tuesday for a lawsuit over the 2011 suicide of a 13-year-old junior high school student who had been bullied by his classmates. (Jiji Press)
Mar 17
A 14-year-old girl remained in a coma on Tuesday after she apparently jumped out of a window on the 4th floor of her school in Kashiwa, Chiba prefecture, on Monday. (Japan Today)
Mar 17
When the story of one man’s childhood pet raccoon became a hit in 1970s Japan, it heralded a biological invasion still troubling the country today (smithsonianmag.com)