Nov 30
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of a 38-year-old male teacher for allegedly taking photos of nude boys, reports Nikkan Sports (Nov. 27). (Tokyo Reporter)
Nov 28
Reducing leftovers from school meals is a nationwide challenge. One local government has launched a campaign using a mascot, while others are serving smaller meals than before to classes that produce substantial leftovers. (The Japan News)
Nov 26
Japan stayed bottom among 32 comparable Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development member states in public spending on education for the sixth straight year in 2012, an OECD survey has shown. (Jiji Press)
Nov 25
The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry is planning a certification system for non-Japanese cooks working at washoku traditional Japanese cuisine restaurants abroad. (Japan Times)
Nov 25
The government is considering making it easier for temporary workers to take child-care leave as part of its first measures to realize a society enabling engagement by all people, a new policy goal of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, it has been learned. (Japan Times)
Nov 24
More than 60 pct of universities in Japan received complaints from students this year about a practice known as “owahara,” in which companies pressure students to end their job-hunting activities in exchange for giving them informal employment offers, a private survey has found. (Jiji Press)
Nov 23
The World University Rankings 2015-2016, announced Oct. 1 by the Times Higher Education, defied expectations as the University of Tokyo, which ranked 23rd in the previous year, dropped to the 43rd spot and the ranking of Kyoto University fell from 59th to 88th. (Japan Times)
Nov 19
Oxford Dictionaries, the online arm of the publisher of the Oxford Dictionary of English, has announced that its 2015 Word of the Year is an emoji. No, not the word “emoji,” but a single, specific emoji. (
Nov 19
One of the best-loved authors from Japan has won a top literature prize that has previously been given to the likes of Salman Rushdie and J K Rowling. (
Nov 18
A list of the top boys’ and girls’ names for newborn babies in Japan has been released, showing the trends for 2015. (