EDUCATION

Nov 21
Japan’s education minister Hakubun Shimomura suggested Thursday that school curriculum guidelines be revised so as to allow elementary school English-language education to start in the third grade. (Jiji Press)
Nov 20
Seven children were injured by a mixed-breed dog while on their way to school Wednesday morning in Nakatsu, Oita Prefecture. (Japan Today)
Nov 20
Osaka Family Court ordered a Japanese woman on Wednesday to return her 4-year-old child to her Japanese husband living in Sri Lanka under the Hague treaty to settle cross-border child custody disputes. (The Japan News)
Nov 18
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko viewed a special exhibition featuring arts and artifacts related to eighth-century Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters), the oldest chronicle in Japan, during a visit here on Nov. 17. (Asahi)
Nov 18
Last month the Ministry of Finance presented a policy recommendation based on studies made by an advisory group. Such recommendations are fairly common, but this one caught more than the usual amount of attention because of where it was directed. (Japan Times)
Nov 17
Japanese students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities decreased by 1.2 percent to around 19,000 in the 2013-2014 academic year, although they remained the seventh-most numerous in the country, the New York-based Institute of International Education said Monday. (Japan Times)
Nov 15
Police in Ota, Gunma Prefecture, said Friday they have taken into custody a 14-year-old boy who stabbed a 12-year-old boy in the abdomen while they were both in the school gymnasium. (Japan Today)
Nov 15
Of the Japanese university students due to graduate next spring, 68.4 pct had found employers as of Oct. 1, up 4.1 percentage points from a year earlier and improving for the fourth consecutive year, the education and labor ministries said Friday. (Jiji Press)
Nov 14
Scores of fully-clad riot police raided a dormitory at one of the nation’s leading universities on Thursday, in an apparently heavy-handed response to a left-wing movement that may involve students. (Japan Times)
Nov 14
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Thursday that the whereabouts of 141 children are unknown nationwide. (Japan Today)