EDUCATION

Dec 18
Police in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, have arrested a 49-year-old man after he entered an elementary school, brandishing four folding knives. (Japan Today)
Dec 18
Dozens of geisha and their apprentice “maiko” took a class in the art of self-defense for protection against unwelcome attention while walking alone on dark, deserted streets at night. (Asahi)
Dec 16
A 10-year-old boy sustained minor injuries after an unknown man attacked him with a knife in Kita-Nagoya on Monday afternoon. (Japan Today)
Dec 13
For lovers of Asian languages, December 12 each year carries a far greater significance than simply the opening of another door on the advent calendar. (nippon.com)
Dec 13
The proportion of high school students in Japan who had been promised employment next spring as of the end of October topped 70 pct for the first time in 20 years, an education ministry survey showed Friday. (Jiji Press)
Dec 13
The number of kidnapping cases involving children 13 years old and younger this year has exceeded 100 cases for the first time in 9 years. (Japan Today)
Dec 11
Fluency in English is high on the agenda for Japan’s education policy of fostering individuals who can play an active role internationally. (NHK)
Dec 10
The proportion of obese adult men has remained almost unchanged in recent years in Japan, a survey by the health ministry revealed Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
Dec 10
Efforts to eliminate the number of children on a waiting list to enroll in day care centers in central Tokyo have been met with complaints from local residents who find children too noisy. (The Japan News)
Dec 10
Letters written by Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582) and Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-1598), two leading warlords in feudal Japan, have been found in a private residence here, Kobe University said Dec. 8. (Asahi)