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Teaching Manuals Modified to Describe Senkakus, Takeshima as Japan’s Territory
The education ministry said Jan. 28 it has revised practice manuals for school curriculum guidelines to underscore the government’s position that the disputed Senkaku Islands and the Takeshima islets are integral parts of Japan’s territory.
The practice manuals are for junior and senior high school teachers. They are used in textbook screening and deciding how to instruct students at schools.
“As we are striving to develop human resources who can do well globally, it is only natural to teach students about our territories in a correct manner,” education minister Hakubun Shimomura said at a news conference the same day.
The uninhabited Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea are controlled by Japan but also claimed by China, while the Takeshima islets in the Sea of Japan are administered by South Korea despite Tokyo’s claim that they are inherently Japanese territory.
The announcement will inevitably spark a backlash from Beijing and Seoul.
(via Teaching manuals modified to describe Senkakus, Takeshima as Japan’s territory - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun)

Teaching Manuals Modified to Describe Senkakus, Takeshima as Japan’s Territory

The education ministry said Jan. 28 it has revised practice manuals for school curriculum guidelines to underscore the government’s position that the disputed Senkaku Islands and the Takeshima islets are integral parts of Japan’s territory.

The practice manuals are for junior and senior high school teachers. They are used in textbook screening and deciding how to instruct students at schools.

“As we are striving to develop human resources who can do well globally, it is only natural to teach students about our territories in a correct manner,” education minister Hakubun Shimomura said at a news conference the same day.

The uninhabited Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea are controlled by Japan but also claimed by China, while the Takeshima islets in the Sea of Japan are administered by South Korea despite Tokyo’s claim that they are inherently Japanese territory.

The announcement will inevitably spark a backlash from Beijing and Seoul.

(via Teaching manuals modified to describe Senkakus, Takeshima as Japan’s territory - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun)

Teachers join Rally in Fukushima | Teacher Solidarity

Fukishima Teachers Union members were among the participants at a rally in Fukushima earlier this month. The rally was called to commemorate  the second anniversary of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima on March 11th 2011, which left the area contaminated by radiation. Teachers and children are having to work in schools whose grounds are radioactive and the first reports of sickness as a result are beginning to emerge.

[JAPAN] Education minister Hirofumi Hirano plans to set up an internal team to help schools and boards of education curb bullying.


The initiative was prompted by intense media coverage of a suicide at a junior high school in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, in which bullies allegedly pressured a 13-year-old boy to plunge to his death last October as his pleas for help went ignored.

Twenty students at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies have produced a multi-lingual website about areas hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
The site, called Tohoku10×26windows, gives information on the activities of 10 groups based in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures and offers translations into 22 languages, including English, German, Vietnamese and Polish. Pages in Czech, Burmese, Urdu and Arabic are in the pipeline, which will bring the total languages to the title’s “26 windows.”
“We aim to transmit the news directly from the disaster areas to the world,” said one student involved in the project. (via Students offer info about post-quake efforts in 22 languages - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun)

Twenty students at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies have produced a multi-lingual website about areas hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

The site, called Tohoku10×26windows, gives information on the activities of 10 groups based in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures and offers translations into 22 languages, including English, German, Vietnamese and Polish. Pages in Czech, Burmese, Urdu and Arabic are in the pipeline, which will bring the total languages to the title’s “26 windows.”

“We aim to transmit the news directly from the disaster areas to the world,” said one student involved in the project. (via Students offer info about post-quake efforts in 22 languages - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun)

Tens of thousands of children living near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are to be given personal radiation monitors, as concern grows over the long-term health effects of exposure to radiation.
Dosimeters will be given to 34,000 children aged between four and 15 living in Fukushima city, 45 miles from the plant, after abnormally high radiation readings were recorded in the area. (via Fukushima radiation fears: children near nuclear plant to be given monitors | World news | The Guardian)

Tens of thousands of children living near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are to be given personal radiation monitors, as concern grows over the long-term health effects of exposure to radiation.

Dosimeters will be given to 34,000 children aged between four and 15 living in Fukushima city, 45 miles from the plant, after abnormally high radiation readings were recorded in the area. (via Fukushima radiation fears: children near nuclear plant to be given monitors | World news | The Guardian)

Teachers in the Fukishama region of Japan have joined other trade unionists in protests against the continuing nuclear emergency.

The teachers who are members of the Fukushima Prefecture Teachers Union are fighting to hold the government and the power company TEPCO responsible and accountable for the nuclear disaster in Japan which is cantaminating food, causing thousands of workers to lose their jobs and their livelihoods and not least means that many thousands of children are attending schools with radiation levels much higher than the previously accepted safety standards.

At Sanconha Primary School in Tombali Region, student Aminata Sane, 13, is thrilled to be studying in the classroom block recently reconstructed with Japan’s support.
“Before, our classroom used to have holes, so it was difficult to concentrate. But now with the new classroom, I can study better,” said Aminata.
(via Despite tragedy at home, Japan continues support for schools in Guinea-Bissau | Back on Track)

At Sanconha Primary School in Tombali Region, student Aminata Sane, 13, is thrilled to be studying in the classroom block recently reconstructed with Japan’s support.

“Before, our classroom used to have holes, so it was difficult to concentrate. But now with the new classroom, I can study better,” said Aminata.

(via Despite tragedy at home, Japan continues support for schools in Guinea-Bissau | Back on Track)

[Japan] The best kindergarten lessons are at lunch time. As kids enjoy their first few days of school in Japan, moms — and sometimes dads, too — beef up their culinary skills to give their kids a little bit of bento-boxed love (via The best kindergarten lessons are at lunch time | The Japan Times Online)

[Japan] The best kindergarten lessons are at lunch time. As kids enjoy their first few days of school in Japan, moms — and sometimes dads, too — beef up their culinary skills to give their kids a little bit of bento-boxed love (via The best kindergarten lessons are at lunch time | The Japan Times Online)

Tokyo (CNN) — Students in many districts across Japan brushed off their uniforms and shouldered their bookbags for the first day of the new school year on Wednesday.

But while most were worried about meeting their new teachers or what their class schedules might be, some were facing the threat of nuclear contamination or the loss of former classmates.

(via Schools and students face uncertain future in Japan - CNN.com)

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The students had no idea the tsunami was coming. Out of the 108, 77 are presumed dead or missing. Koto is among the missing, his body still not recovered. (via In Japan, parents try to go on: ‘My child should come home to me’ - CNN.com)

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