EDUCATION

Jul 31
The number of students in Japan pressured by companies to end their job-hunting activities this year in exchange for informal job offers stood at 232 as of July 1, a survey by the education ministry showed Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Jul 30
Kanji written on clay tiles discovered in Nara Prefecture, some of the oldest writing ever found in Japan, is currently on display to the public. (Asahi)
Jul 30
A Tokyo office used by General Douglas MacArthur is being shown to the public. MacArthur was supreme commander of the allied forces in Japan after World War Two. (NHK)
Jul 29
School personnel working at primary or middle schools spend 10 to 13 hours at school per day on average, with an extra two hours of work at home, an education ministry survey revealed Monday. (The Japan News)
Jul 28
An investigation report from a middle school in Iwate Prefecture acknowledged on Sunday that bullying is considered to have partly contributed to the suicide of a 13-year-old male student at the school earlier this month. (The Japan News)
Jul 21
A Japanese woman has bravely revealed the dark side of the country’s schoolgirl culture after she was recruited to go on ‘walking dates’ with adult men – before being coerced into prostitution as a teen. (dailymail.co.uk)
Jul 17
Comedian Naoki Matayoshi has won the 153rd Akutagawa Prize, a prestigious literature award in Japan, becoming the first active comedian to be awarded the prize for rookie authors, the selection committee said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Jul 13
Despite being self-published, a book passing down the history and traditions of the last of the prefecture’s geisha that remain here has sold out all 500 copies in only a month. (Asahi)
Jul 12
A Tokyo school teacher made 96 high school students kneel for 20 minutes in the plaza outside the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building in May, officials said Saturday. (Japan Today)
Jul 09
A 13-year-old boy who was hit and killed by a train in Yahaba, Iwate Prefecture, left a note in which he said he had been the victim of bullying at school. (Japan Today)