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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…

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 ~Part4~

Interview with the Akita International University student, Yuma Taira

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~

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…

English Education in Japan~Part2~

Children study English,  Wednesday, October. 28, 2015 at Tokyo International School Afterschool in Nakameguro, Tokyo.

“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…