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Japanese Educational System

The Japanese educational system consists of elementary school (six years), junior high school (three years), high school (three years), and junior college (two or three years) or university (four years). The nine years of elementary and junior high school are considered compulsory education, with about 90% of students moving on to high school.
For students with disabilities, there is a system called the "special support education" to support initiatives towards independence and social participation.

Curriculum Outline

The public school system has classes five days a week from Monday to Friday. In principle, the school year begins in April and ends in March of the following year. Most schools adopt a three-semester system, with the first semester from April to August, the second semester from September to December, and the third semester from January to March. There is also a summer break (from the end of July to the end of August), a winter break (from the end of December to the beginning of January), and a spring break (from the end of March to the beginning of April). In both junior high school and high school, there are six class periods each day with classes generally lasting 50 minutes. After classes, students clean the classroom themselves on a shift system and then participate in club activities, such as athletic teams or cultural clubs.

School Education Chart

 School education chart

Timetable Chart

 Timetable chart

Annual Schedule

Foreign Language Education

English is a compulsory class in junior high school. In high school, in addition to English, Korean, Chinese, French, German, Russian, or Spanish may be offered as elective subjects. Among these classes, Korean and Chinese are the most common.

Internal Organization of Schools

Each school has a principal, vice principal, teachers, school nurse, and general staff. As its chief executive, the principal assumes all responsibilities of the school, including all regular classes and related administrative work. The vice principal takes responsibility for the educational activities of the students and managing the school curriculum. In addition, teachers take on various responsibilities to make sure the school runs smoothly, taking care of educational activities, student life, and employment guidance for after graduation. Many schools also establish their own committees, for example the International Exchange Promotion Committee.

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