By Mari Saito and Ami Miyazaki TOKYO (Reuters) - Early in December, dozens of journalists and editors from the Japan Times gathered for an emergency meeting in a glass-walled conference room in their brand-new 14th floor office. On the agenda was a single, incendiary issue: the newspaper's new descriptions of how Japan compelled thousands of foreigners into military brothels and labour during World War Two. In the past, the Japan Times described Korean workers as "forced labourers" and comfort women as those "forced to provide sex for Japanese troops before and during World War II." But the five-sentence note published on Nov. 30 said the country's oldest English-language paper would refer to Korean workers simply as "wartime labourers." The paper also said that because of the varied experiences of comfort women, it would describe them as "women who worked in wartime brothels, including those who did so against their will." Such terms are social flashpoints in Japan and a topic of … [Read more...] about Fear and favour chill newsroom at storied Japanese paper
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Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post Published 10:53 am, Thursday, May 10, 2018 Photo: Peathegee Inc/Getty Images/Blend Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Another year, another set of rankings from U.S. News & World Report - the 2018 America's Best High Schools. Another year, another set of rankings from U.S. News & World Report - the 2018 America's Best High Schools. Photo: Peathegee Inc/Getty Images/Blend Images What you don't know about the schools at the top of U.S. News' 2018 high school rankings 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Another year, another set of rankings from U.S. News & World Report - the 2018 America's Best High Schools. What does U.S. News think "best" means? According to the magazine's methodology for the list, the answer mostly involves standardized test scores and graduation rates. … [Read more...] about What you don’t know about the schools at the top of U.S. News’ 2018 high school rankings
News / UK and world by Press Association May 2, 2018, 1:36 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Brexit, tax havens and car safety all appear on the fronts of Wednesday’s papers, while pictures of revellers celebrating May 1 are also featured. The Times leads with an inquest into the death of a former Gurkha who was killed when he swerved his car and struck a tree. The coroner’s court reportedly heard that BMW failed to recall thousands of cars which had a potential problem which meant the vehicles could stall. The Daily Telegraph reports that Theresa May has been told she should abandon plans for a post-Brexit customs partnership with the European Union or the Government could collapse. The Guardian reports on so-called dirty money, saying that British overseas territories, including the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands, will be forced to identify company owners. The Financial Times leads with a report … [Read more...] about What the papers say – May 2
IT's that time again when school exams are right around the corner. From when the SATs starts to if you can download past papers, we've got the lowdown for you. When are SATs 2018? The Key Stage 1 will be carried out over the month of May, 2018. The Key Stage 2 SATs exams will run from Monday, May 14 to Thursday May 17. The KS2 exams will start with English grammar, punctuation and spelling on Monday and the English reading test on Tuesday. The mathematics examinations will commence on Wednesday with arithmetic and reasoning, with another reasoning exam on Thursday. Can you download past KS1 and KS2 papers? Practice materials for the phonics screening check, key stage 1 and key stage 2 national curriculum tests, including sample papers and past test papers are available to be downloaded from Education Training and Skills on Gov.uk, which you can find here. Parents and pupils can also find resources for the 2016 and 2017 exams as well as guidance on scaled scores. Materials are … [Read more...] about When are SATs 2018, can you download past KS1 and KS2 papers and why have parents threatened to boycott the tests?
News / UK and world by Press Association April 27, 2018, 12:06 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter The Home Secretary under fire over Brexit and the Windrush row, Donald Trump’s UK visit and Bill Cosby’s sex assault conviction lead the papers on Friday. The Times says Amber Rudd has been accused of deliberately widening divisions in the Conservative Party over Brexit after suggesting the Cabinet was yet to decide on whether the UK will stay in the EU Customs Union. The Independent says Ms Rudd’s comments, which contradict the Prime Minister’s official policy, triggered a “new wave of dissent” among pro-Remain Tories. Meanwhile the i says Ms Rudd remains defiant despite a “catalogue of errors” over immigration at the Home Office causing uproar in the Commons, with Labour MPs calling for her to quit. Mr Trump will meet the Queen on a brief visit to the UK in July, expected to be on … [Read more...] about What the papers say – April 27