education

Japanese book teaching kids to reenact YouTube videos gets more hate on Twitter than it deserves

Educational book’s value is getting buried under all the grumbling about kids these days.

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Majority of Japanese kids in survey almost never take a dump at school

Potential embarrassment and squat toilets among factors not conducive to pooping in educational institutions.

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Japanese mom comes up with ingenious way to help preschool daughter keep shoes on the right feet

Keeping right and left straight is tough when you’re little, but this kid now has a kitty helper.

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Anime art vs. Western art: The changing face of a Japanese schoolgirl’s self-portrait

When this kindergartener goes to school, her self-portraits change depending on whether she’s in a Japanese or U.S. environment.

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Japanese elementary school teacher gets drunk, visits student’s house and beats him with stick

The teacher used a drumstick from a drumming video game during the assault.

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Japanese kid stuns Internet with awesome, rock star-like response to journal-writing assignment

When asked to look back on his week, this kid got full marks for cool bravado, but probably only partial credit for the assignment.

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Japanese college students share four ways anime high school is different from real high school

Anime isn’t like reality: High school days edition.

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Dark anime magical girls show up in high school students’ English textbook in Japan

The cast of hit anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica take a break from saving the world to help teens learn English by learning about France.

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University of Tokyo students can show off school pride with new jacket boasting ID display pocket

The upcoming product arose out of a collaboration between two University of Tokyo students and a Japanese fashion designer.   

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Failed your important entrance exams? That’s too bad–here’s a steak to make you feel better

For the second year in a row, this chain of Kyoto butcher shops is offering a bittersweet deal to those whose dreams were dashed.
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Awesome Japanese teacher creates Studio Ghibli chalkboard art to celebrate students’ graduation

Annual tradition is more beautiful than ever this year.

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20 percent of Japanese junior high students score a zero on nationwide English writing test

Government test reveals huge gap in proficiency of third-year middle schoolers.

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Toilet teaching – Japanese programmer explains key concept with clever bathroom snapshot

This may look like a bathroom crisis, but it’s actually an educational opportunity.

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Japanese elementary school kid says 12 x 25 = 300, teacher doesn’t say he’s answered correctly

Can you spot what’s wrong with this kids’ work? Because a lot of adults sure can’t.

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Japan announces plans to take in 300 Syrian refugees over the next five years

Efforts will double the number of refugees taken in previously.

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Fukushima teacher threatens students with “Death Note”

Teacher reprimanded, school apologizes to families.

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Japanese kid says shadows move because the earth rotates, teacher tells him he’s incorrect

Third-grader who’s too smart for his own good gets science test question wrong for very dumb reason.

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Squat toilets’ popularity fading as parents call for them to be abolished in Japanese schools

The existence of the Japanese-style toilet in places of education may be circling the drain.

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Tokyo junior high school demands students wear white underwear as part of dress code

Apparently kids just can’t learn properly if they’re wearing any other shade.

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Junior high student in China trapped in elevator for five hours, grateful for time to do homework

Trapped and with his life hanging in the balance, this calm-and-collected Chinese student took the opportunity to get his math drills done.

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