Internet links related to the J-educational system

Note* Where asterisked, to read a pdf document online may entail using the Ctrl Click function

The Educational System in Japan: Case Study Findings (from the site)

History of Japanese Education from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Japan Fact Sheet

History of Education in Japan (Wikipedia)

A Comparative Study Between Instruction in International Schools and Japanese School Teachers

Critical Thinking Faces the Challenge of Japan

In Japan Even Tots Must Make the Grade

Teaching is a Cultural Activity by James Stigler & James Hiebert

Getting an education in Tokyo; from kindergarten to college, the opportunities for an English-language education in Tokyo have never been better. But how do you make the right choice? – International Education by John Dod

Tips for Finding an International School Tips for Finding an International School by Japan Inc

Full copies of the international and national PISA reports are available on the SEC website . International studies provide comparable data to the participating countries highlighting their education systems position at the global level, and identifying the weaknesses and strengths. This allows the participating countries to build on the shortcomings and hence building world-class education systems.

Transnational Learning: the Integration Jugyo Kenkyuu into Iranian Teacher Training *

Japan At School :Education’s Superpower

Foreign Students in the Japanese University Scroll down this pdf document to read the article at page 6.

MEXT’s efforts in improving Science & Technology literacy in schools detailed here* (including the designation of 167 Super Science High Schools (SSHs) which receive the support of the JST to conduct R&D into curriculums. The schools are able to offer advanced scientific coursework and labs with sophisticated equipment with the funding support of JST.

Help Teachers Hone Skills From the Start

School Teachers in Japan

Basic information on education and studying in Japan at Japan

“Japan’s Education at a Glance 2005”, statistics available here.
If you download the first section, “School Education”, it has official
figures and tables for the following, with figures from 1980s to 2005:
1. Trends in Occurrence of Acts of Violence in Schools
2. Trends in Bullying Cases
3. Trends in Number of Students Who Refuse to Attend Schools
4. Trends in Number of Upper Secondary School Dropouts
Also info on freeters, number of foreign students, etc. Also note that more specific figures relating to the tables are given at the back of the ‘book’, in the ‘References’ section if you download the whole thing.

At the Child website may be found a number of monograph reports examining educational issues of current concern to Japan today:

Parents and Family (2005)
Daily Life and Discipline (2005)
Community and Time after School (2005)
Have Children Changed? (2005)
Easygoing Junior High School Students in Tokyo and Tired Junior High School Students in Seoul (2004)
The Effects of “Bullying” (2004)
Junior High Schools and Media Use (2002)
Children’s Play (1999)
The Experience of Being Praised and Scolded (1998)
Relationship with Friends (1998)
Mukatsuku (anger) and Kireru (exploding with rage) among Japanese Youth (1998)
Psychological Shutdown of Junior-High School Students (1998)
Views on Society on Global Understanding, Volunteer Activities, Valuation of Japan, and Environmental Issues(1998)
The Nurse’s Office As A Refuge (1996)
Sense of Normative Behavior and Bullying (1995)



Also see the figures for “children of compulsory age not attending school” (tables for those permitted exemption and for those counted as ‘long absentees’) going back to 1950s.

Wandering Education, The Waseda Guardian, 2005 on elite education and the failure of yutori education.

Music and the Mind Read about the connection between music and academic achievement and the similarities in the music curriculum of Hungary, Netherlands and Japan in public schools.

Origami and Shoelaces

Divided Japanese and Education Divided

See this page for a simple table of ‘number of students refusing to attend school F.Y 1991-2004″ (note that the figs are for kids absent for 50 or more days until 1991, then they changed the definition to kids absent for 30 or more days.

The problems of pyramid-shaped University Ranking System

Is Japan Getting Bored with English? Let’s hope so! 2006 marks the 4th straight decline in the number of foreign English teachers brought in by the program after a peak in 2002.

Educational Perspectives. Japanese Education

Commentary on Current Events in Education

Views of Japanese Ethnic Identity Amongst Undergraduates in Hokkaido


Kids Web Japan one of the coolest websites for kids on Japan.

Elementary and Secondary Education: International Perspectives at pp.99 & 100 are some surprising comparisons and observations the relatively more challenging lessons and active teaching methods used in Japan (and Germany) are responsible for the good TIMSS showing.

Japanese Historical Text Initiative

Activist-groups where your views on education, among other issues, can sometimes be made heard include:

United for a Multicultural Japan

Arudou Debito/Dave Aldwinckle’s webpage – the guy who legally challenged an onsen’s right to exclude foreigners. See in particular Debito’s Blog on Education

The Community Website


Futoko and Camp Programs in Japan

Japanese Schools in Five Years

The Suzuki Method

Off to School

Crisis in the Classroom

Anyone Can Learn About RAMI High School, a free school

Japanese Educational System is a Failure Say Some Japanese

School Achievement and Socialization in Japan: Implications for Educators

Accepting Diversity in Both Background and Ability: A Comparative Study of Finland and Japan

Societal Responses to Stratification Societal Responses to Stratification

Bilingual Child Code-Switching in suru compounds

Cultural Influences in the Construction of Knowledge in Japanese Higher Education

Putting Their Money Where Their Mouths Are About English eikaiwa

Common Sense Education About Kyoto International School’s philosophy

Filtered or non-filtered?

HIM From the Village About Yamazato no terakoya / School of the Mountain Village’s programme

European School aka German School

No Need For Change: Japan Has a Perfectly God Language of Its Own

Is Japanese a Hard Language?

Foreign Influence About the use of loanwords in the Japanese language

Teaching English in Japan a website for English teachers for private students, gives the history of English teaching in Japan.

Kevin’s English Schools English site and Kevin’s blog, Japan Living, learn all about living and working in Japan from those that do! has a page detailing briefly the schooling options for a newly arrived family.

Teaching Superstars about super teachers at jukus

Education in Japan A thesis on the topic

The Soroban Experience

Jukus and Yobikos in Japan



Lessons From Abroad Lessons From Abroad explains the differences between the amount of core academic instruction that goes on between the US, Germany and Japan and mentioning the consequences of jukus on performance

Japanese Schools: Exam Ordeal Rules Each Student’s Destiny

Brianmicklethwait on Education

Homeschooling Goes Global

Japanese Education the Wrong Answer, The Economist

Creative Children: Japanese High School Girls’ Narratives of Life

New Style English Primary School for Fukuoka it’s called Linden Hall

All English School A Hit Ota International Academy

Numerical Targets set by public schools

NHK educational channel: NHK provides an educational channel which is used by 85 percent of elementary schools in Japan. Our tour guide explained that NHK works with the Japanese Education Ministry to “see what we can provide to support the curriculum.” Our tour guide estimated that NHK’s education channel is viewed between 10 and 15 minutes per class on average. Japanese aged 7 years and older watch, on average, 4 hours of television every day (according to the NHK study) – “Television in Japan” by Ron Kaufman

Sogoteki na Gakushuu The Integrated Curriculum Educational Reform in Japan




Socialization, community support needed for kidsChild’s Interest Comes First

Sense of Community as a Mediating Factor in Promoting Children’s Social and Ethical Development


The Juku Phenomenon: An Exploratory Essay

HOSA Homeschool Support of Association

New Day Language School offers great ESL links.






Japan Guide’s Japan Guide’s information page on Education in Japan

Researching the Educational System of Shizuoka

Kids on Campus – an Optimal Japanese Concept. About developing “deep knowledge” through optimal learning activities and environments, eg. IT classes, in various Japanese schools and afterschools.


Cafesta – A Popular Portal Site Among Youths in Japan

Education & Social Science Library’s College & University Rankings Website

List of private universities at this link.

Top 500 universities

Japan Yellow Pages Universities and Colleges (Local) and Foreign Universities link.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Institute of Higher Education’s ranking of the world’s top 500 universities. Their findings are published at their rankings page.

Mass education was always conducted by private schools, but with time, some governmental institutes enrolled gifted ordinary people. In Japan it can be said that private schools have always led the way in improving the social status of the ordinary population.” – Wataru Hasegawa in Japan’s System of Post-Secondary Institutions explains the history of universities and other post-secondary institutions in Japan.



Designing Learning Environments for Meaningful Creativity *

Readings on Moral Education in Japan

Tokyo Daigaku


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