Those readers who will be in the Osaka (Kansai) area of Japan in the first week of June may be interested in this conference which I got a flyer for today: New Education Expo 2006 in Osaka, June 7-8. All the presentations are in Japanese. They include a talk on "ICT and raising academic levels". There are a number of presentations on e-learning, and a couple on English education. Looks interesting.
You need to register if you plan to attend, and the deadline for registering is June 1st.