JAPAN

Shukatsu~Part2~

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~

“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~

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~

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…

Japan and Korea

When he was riding a train on his way to the university, his phone vibrates, a text from his Japanese friend. “Are you up?” She always checks in to make sure that he arrives before the professor takes attendance. Switching…