Author Archive for mitacampus

The Urban Ninjas

The year is 1,100. A black shadow looms in the corner, stooping low before the shoji(translucent paper window) and it peeks inside a room. His mission is a matter of life and death– whether he can successfully assassinate the daimyo or…

Euthanasia 101

What Is Euthansia? Euthanasia, also called mercy killing, comes from the greek words ‘eu’ (good) and ‘thanatosis’ (death). In the old days, it referred to painless and peaceful natural deaths in old age that occurred in comfortable and familiar surroundings.…

English Education in Japan ~Part5~

The current English education in Japanese elementary schools is based on the government curriculum guidelines founded in 2011. This sets English classes once a week, aiming to teach pronunciations and basic expressions. The guideline will improve the communication skills of…

English Education in Japan ~Part4~

While some people emphasize the importance of early English education, others claim that there are more things that need to be introduced before English. Yuma Tiara, a student of the Akita International University, is one of them. The Akita International…

English Education in Japan ~Part3~

The principal of Akatsutsumi elementary school (Setagaya Ward Tokyo Metropolis), Yoshimura Minoru, thinks that it is too difficult to teach English in Japanese elementary schools. In the Setagaya ward, schools have “Nihongo” lesson, where they teach Japanese to enrich the…

English Education in Japan~Part2~

“The norm to start learning English in Japanese junior high will not leave enough time for sufficient amount of education. The sooner to begin learning English, the better you can get,” said Mr. Yukio Tono, the professor of Tokyo University…

English Education in Japan

With 2020 Tokyo Olympics close at hand, Japan is starting to change its English education. In April of 2011, the Japanese government has put it into effect with one English class a week, total of 35 hours per year for…

English Education in Early Childhood

“Good morning, good morning…♪♪” singing 3 year-old children in English. Children from Japan and the other countries are in the same classroom together and the teacher is also not from Japan. The calendar for circle time, classroom decoration, and the…