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Top blogger illustrates Chinese wife’s struggles | The Japan Times Online

The Japan Times interviews a Japanese manga artist and his young Chinese wife, who is the subject of her husband’s latest manga: “Chugoku Yome Nikki” (Daily Records of a Chinese Wife), whose English title is “A Chinese Wife and an Otaku Husband,” will go on sale Friday.

Then why do you want to have your child attend elementary school in China?

Yue: It’s better for kids to learn both Chinese and Japanese.

Junichi: And Yue says the level of Japanese schools is lower than that in China.

Yue: They don’t teach much to kids. Kindergartens and elementary schools in Japan just let children play.

Do children in China need to compete much harder at school than in Japan?

Yue: Yes.

Junichi: I saw the textbooks used by her sister’s children. They are much more difficult than those in Japanese schools. They are given much more homework, too. I don’t think Japanese schools are good at all.

via Top blogger illustrates Chinese wife’s struggles | The Japan Times Online.

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Theme of the day – faith in government is waning

The following excerpts pretty much speak for themselves, but because this is the media speaking, take a large lump of salt with all this. I’ll add my usual pearls of wisdom after you’ve read the quotes.

“It breaks my heart that they did nothing for the children,” said Sadako Monma, herself a mother of two, who has run the Soramame center for 15 years. “Our answer was to stop waiting for someone to help us.”

Slow action by the government has set off a revolt among the usually orderly ranks of Japanese bureaucrats.

“I don’t believe the government,” said Kanako Nishikata, 33, a mother of two elementary school children here. “The air here is dirty. The soil is dirty. They are leaving Fukushima to suffer and perish.”

via In Japan, Fukushima Parents Grow Angry Over Radiation – NYTimes.com.

The figure is equivalent to 20 times the annual radiation limit for ordinary people. When releasing the statement, the ministry also did not touch on any measures to decontaminate school facilities.

Parents voiced complaints and concern. “It is a figure too high for children,” said one parent. “No specific measures have been presented,” said another.

The city of Koriyama has decided to remove top soil from school playgrounds on its own. Even so, the central government brushed aside the local government’s move. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said, “Based on the guideline of the education and science ministry, there is no need for removal.” Read the rest of this entry »

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