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Shukatsu~Part4~

Something we felt through this interview was that everyone who participated in shukatsu was united in their desire to die aesthetically, but also to make life after their passing as easy as possible for those left behind.  These sentiments echoes the…

Shukatsu~Part3~

In this way, shukatsu has created the pros and cons, and business with trillion yen. How has shukatsu been created?   “When people think about dying without being bounded by tradition, shukatsu was born,” says Dr. Moriyuki Ooe, who established…

Shukatsu~Part2~

AEON is also one of the large enterprises working on the shukatsu business

The shukatsu business, which is related to a funeral service, has become a big market. Its scale is 1 billion yen to 2 billion yen. Japan, which has declining birthrate and a growing proportion of elderly, the demand of the…

Shukatsu~Part1~

Shukatsu means "activities (katsu) to prepare for the end (shu) of one's life.(Aflo)

“You could die today.”   Yoriko Muto, representative of Shukatsu Counselors Association, started her speech to a group of about 90 people. Shukatsu Counselors Association is a corporate body that holds seminars related to matters on death such as succession…

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…

English Education in Japan ~Part5~

Interview with the Ministry of Education

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 ~Part3~

Textbooks of Japanese that are used in Setagaya Ward Elementary Schools

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…