School toilets beginning to get makeovers

Many schools like my children's are getting makeovers, due to construction of new wings, earthquake reinforcement work, and disaster prep work. NHK news today featured a school in Matsubushi, Saitama that has been renovating its toilets to be more barrier-free and to include more modern public conveniences like automated taps and diapering changing tables and… Continue reading School toilets beginning to get makeovers

EDU WATCH: OECD survey debunks widespread perception that Japanese and Asian kids lack creative problem-solving skills?

Sakura spring greetings to readers of our regular roundup on educational news focused on Japan! In this post, we bring you news of two new international school openings as well as other news focused on educational issues and the educational scene in Japan. It may be time to re-examine the oft-stated belief and widespread perception… Continue reading EDU WATCH: OECD survey debunks widespread perception that Japanese and Asian kids lack creative problem-solving skills?

EDU WATCH: Reforms towards ending the never-ending daycare waiting lists, criminalizing bullying; college rankings and more stories…

Hi to all our regular readers of EDU WATCH, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears to be one of the most decisive leaders Japan has had in a long while, moving forward on a number of reforms and measures, with particularly visible action on the education front. In this edition, we cover the key policy reforms… Continue reading EDU WATCH: Reforms towards ending the never-ending daycare waiting lists, criminalizing bullying; college rankings and more stories…