A panel of experts has called for all university and technical college students in Japan to be given beginner-level education on artificial intelligence.
Computer programming will become a mandatory subject in Japan's elementary schools from April 2020, as the country seeks to train a new generation in highly sought information technology skills.
Introducing e-sports, or competitive video gaming, as an after-school extracurricular activity remains controversial in Japan.
Serious efforts to introduce Japan’s college of technology system in Asia will start this year with the aim of assisting students in becoming leading engineers in emerging economies.
In a country where schoolchildren must adhere to strict uniform regulations and rote learning is common, increasing numbers of parents are choosing to give their kids a more diverse education, despite it being technically illegal.
As the number of schoolchildren, mainly foreign nationals, who require Japanese language instruction increases, it is critical to secure and train instructors.
At the municipal Shin-Kanie-Kita nursery school in Kanie, a town adjacent to Nagoya, two children whose parents are foreigners were being shown flashcards that featured illustrations of vegetables and fruits.
In areas with few children in need of Japanese language instruction, students are taught by specialist teachers who travel from school to school in the region.
With the number of non-Japanese schoolchildren increasing all over Japan, the need to improve Japanese-language education in schools has grown. Schools are exploring ways of teaching foreign students the Japanese language, an essential skill for learning activities in this country. This article is the first installment in a series on the topic.
Study-abroad students made up more than 5% of those enrolled in Japanese higher-education institutions in rural areas for the first time last year, Nikkei has learned.