EDUCATION

Jan 19
A new study shows the number of public elementary and junior high schools in Japan may fall to a third of its current total by 2050, due to a declining population.
(NHK)

Jan 17
Following the release of its first edition in 1955, publisher Iwanami Shoten’s Kojien has become one of the most respected and widely used dictionaries in Japan. Since 1998, the tome has been on a 10-year update cycle, and so last week’s release of Kojien’s seventh edition was a big deal not just for linguists, but for Japanese society in general. (rocketnews24.com)

Jan 16
Twenty-two foreign trainees died in work-related incidents in the three years from fiscal 2014, government data showed Sunday, indicating people brought to Japan to work may face dangerous or exploitative conditions. (Japan Today)

Jan 15
The annual unified college entrance examinations began Saturday as many parts of the country saw their coldest winter day so far cause traffic jams and force several schools to postpone the pivotal tests. (Japan Times)

Jan 14
Students and graduates of high schools across Japan are sitting the annual unified college and university entrance examinations. (NHK)

Jan 11
The Kosho Hajime new year lecture event, in which leading experts from the academic community deliver lectures to Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, was held at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Wednesday. (Japan Times)

Jan 09
Dazzling in colourful kimonos and wafting clouds of hairspray in their wake, thousands of young Japanese women marked their entry into adulthood today – before hitting bars and clubs to celebrate. (dailymail.co.uk)

Jan 09
Taiyo Middle School, located in the Kanagawa Prefecture city of Hiratsuka, is celebrating the 71st anniversary of its founding this year. To mark the occasion, the school is introducing new uniforms for students enrolling in April, when the 2018 school year begins. (rocketnews24.com)

Jan 08
The Japanese government plans to conduct in fiscal 2018 its first nationwide survey on middle-agers who are shutting themselves in their homes. (Jiji)

Jan 08
Japanese women who work for social change out of the public eye often go unrecognized, but a new award aims to change that by honoring unsung heroes who effect grassroots reform in their communities. (Kyodo)