EDUCATION

Oct 23
The Finance Ministry will ask the education ministry to increase the maximum number of students per class for first-graders at public elementary schools to 40, from the current 35, in a bid to cut the education budget for next year, it has been learned. (Japan Times)
Oct 21
Students’ performances at International Science Olympiads (ISO), a series of worldwide science competitions for students not yet in higher education, are now being considered as important information for university entrance decisions. (The Japan News)
Oct 17
Bullying at elementary schools in Japan increased to a record high of 118,805 cases in fiscal 2013, exceeding 100,000 for the second consecutive year, the education ministry said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Oct 16
A panel of experts in Japan says more than 4.2 million people in the country are addicted to the internet. (NHK)
Oct 15
There are thousands of people in Japan who are not listed on a family register. Such people face various difficulties, given that the family register is an official document that certifies individuals’ basic legal status, including Japanese nationality, and also lists their birth date, marital status and date of death. (Japan Times)
Oct 15
Ten-year-old boys 50 years ago could throw a softball six meters farther than boys of that age today, the sports ministry’s annual survey on physical strength and athletic ability revealed. (The Japan News)
Oct 13
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to help women juggle work and family are hitting a roadblock: opposition to building new daycare centers from residents who fear noise from children playing will spoil their quiet neighborhoods. (Japan Today)
Oct 12
Inspired by her campaign for “education for every child,” teachers around Japan have used the words and activities of 17-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai to teach English. Now they are celebrating her winning of the Nobel Peace Prize. (The Japan News)
Oct 08
Waseda University said Tuesday it will strip embattled researcher Haruko Obokata of her doctorate unless she corrects her dissertation, following her involvement in a scandal earlier this year related to research on so-called STAP cells. (Kyodo)
Oct 04
When you speak to foreign English educators in Japan, one thing becomes crystal clear: English education in Japan isn’t working. (rocketnews24.com)