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What's up with Japan's education gap?

Did you know?: “High school is not compulsory in Japan, and even public high schools require tuition fees. In Tokyo, students have to pay a little more than ¥10,000 a month to attend public high schools.”  Phillip Brasor in a Japan Times piece reports that “media silence on first lady’s school visit shows Japan’s education… Keep Reading

Japan Times Blogroll: Black Tokyo

Black Tokyo by RICARDO BILTON:  Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Eric L. Robinson found himself docking in Okinawa in 1981. For the past two decades, Robinson, a Marine Corps veteran, has traveled back and forth between between Japan and the United States, gaining experiences and insights from each culture that he now shares with the readers of… Keep Reading


Black Professionals in Tokyo Event Report

“Work’s over”   “School’s done”   “It’s about that time”  …“Time to get up” From all over Tokyo; whether male, female, black, white, office worker, part time cashier, student, or lawyer – people came. After appointments, long days at the office, or after a long nap in the comfort of their own apartment, 7:30 marked the time… Keep Reading


New "Gaijin" ID Cards

Special permanent foreign residents in Japan will be obliged to carry a different resident status card instead of the current alien registration card, according to a Justice Ministry proposal. The ministry has outlined its proposal on the amendment to the Immigration Control Law and related bills to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s Judicial Affairs Division. Under the proposed bills, cards… Keep Reading


Teaching English in Japan with Ato: The Handout

Part 17: The semester continues…  The sannensei in the public school system all have their interviews and entrance exams for the various high schools that they have chosen soon. Where I come from this usually meant intense past-paper drills, studying at home, no hanging out with friends, no TV, etc. Here in Japan it apparently means that… Keep Reading


Foreigners may get stimulus pay

The government said Saturday that it has decided to make 2 million locally registered foreigners eligible for cash benefits it plans to hand out next year as part of its push to spur private consumption. Foreigners listed on the foreign resident registry as of Feb. 1, 2009, will be considered eligible to participate in the¥2… Keep Reading

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