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Sunday, December 08, 2013

Japan News This Week 8 December 2013

今週の日本

Japan News.
Lights, Mirrors, Instagram! #ArtSensation: Yayoi Kusama’s ‘Mirrored Room’ at David Zwirner Gallery New York Times

Japan passes a democracy-muzzling Patriot Act
Global Post

Biden urges Seoul-Tokyo co-operation amid Asia tensions
BBC

Fukushima two years on: a dirty job with no end in sight
Guardian

Protests over secrets bill fiery at 11th hour
Japan Times

The Harbin An Jung-Geun Statue: A Korea/China-Japan Historical Memory Controversy - See more at: Japan Focus


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Statistics

Japan PISA results:

2000: #1 (Math), #2 (Science), #8 (Reading)
2006: #6 (Math), #10 (Science), #7 (Reading)
2012: #4 (Math), #4 (Science), #4 (Reading)

PISA are a set of tests given to 15-year-old students in countries worldwide every three years. Conservatives attribute the decline in 2006 to a more relaxed educational policies (yutori kyoiku), and the recent rise to more intensive policies implemented by the Abe government.

More than 510,000 students took part in this latest PISA survey, representing about 28 million 15-year-olds globally.

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