education

Japan’s first drone high school course to begin next year, teaches piloting, law, and more

Vantan High School tries to get ahead of the increasing use of drones and robotics in industry and may have become the coolest high school in Japan as a result.

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This summer, take a real college Japanese culture course online through Keio University for free

It’s in both English and Japanese, so no language prerequisites here!

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Japanese Twitter user’s sad memory of when school literally refused to look at bullying problem

Pain of heartbreakingly clueless ethics lesson continues years later.

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Window in life when Japanese people can act like individuals is depressingly short, tweet asserts

Appreciate it while it lasts, because it won’t last long, say those who agree.

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This Do Re Mi Day, remember to give your child the gift of perfect pitch

Do Re Mi Day is celebrated on 24 June and our resident musical expert K. Nagahashi would like to remind everyone that there’s no better time to obtain perfect pitch than the present.

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Japan in tears over elementary school teacher’s emotional homework assignment about love and loss

”Make your parents cry” may not have been the assignment, but it was definitely the result of this important lesson.

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Soon, Japanese kids will be learning about virtual idol Hatsune Miku in their school textbooks

Vocaloid pioneer to be featured in high school music text going into use next year.

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Junior high student shut down 444 school websites to “remind teachers they are incompetent”

This month Osaka Prefectural Police pressed charges against a 16-year-old boy for a first-of-its-kind cyber attack in Japan.

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Book for little Japanese kids offers one big reason not to be a systems engineer when you grow up

Explanation of what kind of person would love the job subtly tells readers that a lot of people would absolutely hate it.

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Publishers of anime-style English textbook reassert their control over Ellen-sensei

Everyone in Japan has been talking about the character, and now her owners are too.

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Japanese schoolgirl says education is pointless, gets schooled in debate on Twitter

Internet users offer counterpoints that suggest disgruntled high school student may, in fact, not know everything.

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Famed educator says Steve Jobs, Bill Gates would have been ruined by Japanese education system

Labels the country’s schools as stifling “salaryman training facilities.”

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Japanese university says your girlfriend might dump you, other harsh truths in recruiting ad

Some universities try to recruit students by telling them about all the fun they’ll have there, but not this Tokyo institute of higher learning.

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New school in Iraq to provide a Japanese-style education

Impressed with Japan’s ability to quickly rebuild after the Second World War, some educators in Iraq are looking to instill similar values in their own youth.

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Pro gamer Daigo Umehara donates tournament winnings to New York University like a shoryuken Santa

Daigo Umehara may be famous for playing video game Street Fighter as Evil Ryu, but he just did a very good deed.

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Philosophy with numbers: The math problem that stumped the Japanese internet

If a notebook costs 100 yen, 20 yen cheaper than a pencil case, then how much is an eraser? 

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Five ways college life is different in Japan and the United States

From fashion to extracurricular activities, the lives of an American colleges students are an ocean apart from their counterparts in Japan.

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New multiple choice answer sheet is the anti-cheating gift from the teacher gods

Multiple choice tests were already annoying enough; let’s see the Scantron machine scan this answer sheet.

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Sixth grade homeroom teacher in trouble for explaining to students that “naked women = money”

When a fight broke out between the students of an Aichi elementary school class, their homeroom teacher tried to defuse the situation by imparting some wisdom. You see, kids, “naked men don’t make money, but naked women do…”

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“5 + 9” is okay but “9 + 5” is wrong? Is this being logical or overly picky?

Students who add and multiply with the numbers in the ‘wrong’ order are getting their answers marked as incorrect? Japanese net users weigh in.

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