EDUCATION

Jul 20
Students at a junior high school in Tochigi Prefecture’s Takenazawa town have felt ill after eating cheese at the school cafeteria, local board of education representatives said. (Japan Today)

Jul 20
Hiroshima District Court rejected Wednesday a petition calling for the reversal of a Japanese government decision to exclude a Korean school from its tuition-free high school education program. (Jiji)

Jul 19
Japan will set aside roughly 4 trillion yen (.6 billion) in the next fiscal year’s state budget for measures that focus on education as part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s strategy to spur growth, government sources told Reuters on Tuesday. (Reuters)

Jul 19
The number of female researchers at private companies and other institutions in Japan reached the highest level ever last year, government data showed, although it remained low by international standards. (Japan Times)

Jul 19
A public elementary school teacher in eastern Japan told a fourth grader to jump out of a third-floor classroom window last week, prompting the boy to stay away from school, a local education committee said Tuesday. (Kyodo)

Jul 18
YouTube star Piko Taro performed a version of his quirky hit song “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen” at the United Nations on Monday to promote the organization’s Sustainable Development Goals toward eradicating poverty and inequality. (Kyodo)

Jul 15
The Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry on Thursday announced guidelines for the country’s new unified examination system for university entrance that will begin in fiscal 2020. (the-japan-news.com)

Jul 12
“Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen” and the U.N. are rhyming. Japanese comedian Pikotaro has adapted his catchy song to promote the United Nations’ sustainable development goals. (Japan Today)

Jul 12
Japan has 227 public kindergartens, elementary, junior high and high schools with old chimneys that may scatter asbestos, an education ministry survey showed Tuesday. (Japan Times)

Jul 12
Education ministry panel approves private-sector English testing for university entrance (Japan Times)