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Education in Japan



The educational system of Japan seems very complex; although, this system has many similarities when compared with the educational system of other countries. The Japanese education model has amazed the world for its great advances in the field of science. Japanese people consider education as the key for success; the 97% percent of Japanese people have a degree which is important for those who want to occupy an important position inside a company, and for that it is necessary to show a degree that demonstrate the applicants’ professional skills.

Educational system of Japan

The Japanese Education has 9 years of compulsory education, and it is divided in: 6 years of Elementary Education and 3 years of Lower Secondary school or Junior high school.  However, most students continue studying in high school for 3 more years and then they apply to any university, technical research center, business school, law school or other institution of higher education.

The educational model of Japan is a mixture of German, French, US and British educational systems. Japanese people took the best of each system in order to model their own system. Most of the best schools are located in Tokyo; these schools may be private or public. Japanese public education is funded by the government, and there are a minimum number of private schools. Junior high schools are almost public.

Elementary education

Elementary education begins on Kindergarten (Yochien) for all kids of age between 3 and 5 years. This first stage is optional; however, the number of children that attend to Kindergartens is over 63%, which means that Japanese kids start their education early. Japanese Children of age between 6- 12 years old must attend elementary school (Shogakkou), because that’s when compulsory education starts. All elementary school students wear the same uniform. Junior High school (Chugakkou) is for youths between 12-15 years old, and this is the next stage of compulsory education. It’s considered as the most important phase in the instruction of Japanese kids. They may enter in a good Senior High school or university, if they get good results at their Junior High school. Most Japanese universities consider the qualifications obtained in Junior high school in order to admit applicants.  

Senior High school

Youths between 15-18 years old can attend Senior High school. This kind of school is very important for those who want to be admitted in a university. There, students receive the best kind of education that they need in order to be able to choose the right university. However, there other schools like business schools that students can attend after finishing Junior High school.

Japanese universities

Japanese universities are the most competitive around the world; admission is based on scores that students obtained in their entrance examinations. This rigorous entrance requirement has turned Japanese universities into some of the best universities around the world. Japanese universities are included in the top 100 of World’s best university as it is seen in university rankings along with British, Germany and American universities. Japanese universities have outstanding teachers who encourage their students to conduct researches and most university courses have a high academic level that demands students to study a lot in order to develop their skills.




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