Education Reform in Japan: A Course for Lifelong Learning

Author: Shimizutani, Satoshi

Source: Asia-Pacific Review, Volume 18, Number 2, 1 November 2011 , pp. 105-114(10)

Publisher: Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group

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Japan's current education system has its origins in postwar reform, overemphasizing individualism and underemphasizing on Japan's history, traditions, and culture, resulting in the continuing decline in scholastic, physical, and socializing ability to date. This essay reviews the IIPS proposal on educational reform, which was supervised by former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, with the addition of the author's personal views. The IIPS proposal set the ultimate goal of education in Japan to be raising healthy people who have self-confidence and pride as Japanese who can thrive in the era of globalization. Then, the proposal presents what a Japanese should learn and how he should serve at each life stage beginning with early childhood education through the compulsory education period, adolescence and young adulthood, maturity, and into the elderly period. Moreover, the organizational reform on administrating education policy is presented, with a focus on abandoning the current board of education system.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: November 1, 2011

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