Japan to Change Academic Calendar

The Japanese Education Rebuilding Council meeting, October 18, 2006.
According to the Yomiuri Shinbun Japanese newspaper, the education ministry will allow university presidents to change their academic calendar to synchronize with the U.S. & European academic years. This was a recommendation from the Government’s Education Rebuilidng Council, a council formed to reform public education. Currently, universities in Japan start their academic year in April and end in March causing many challenges for foreign faculty and students who want to work or study in Japan. This change will go into affect April 2008.