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The impossibility of changing the course of the Japanese education system

Through this process, the Japanese economy achieved tremendous growth. Japan completely caught up with the advanced countries in the 1970s and became a major economic power. This meant, at the same time, that once Japan caught up with its competitors the country had no target to shoot for. We got to the point where we had to come up with new ideas by racking our brains and to create new things according to our needs. The problem is, however, that because Japanese education did not nurture people with a great deal of personality or people who could think of anything by themselves, it could not go further than that. If companies had changed their recruitment policy and had clearly informed schools that - for Japanese society to go forward into new, uncharted territory - they required talent who were able to think originally, Japan would have changed.

As it was, the system was entrenched so firmly for 30 years that they could not change its course. Still, companies set great value on the academic career of an individual and continued employing the same talent as before simply from force of habit. Eventually, companies began to fall behind. Because companies' attitudes did not change, schools invariably continued to educate on the basis of the "deviation value"system which was no longer useful for Japanese development.

Seigakuin Primary School's students

Learning children's good points

The important thing is to find out the strengths of each child. Having entered an era of maturity, the nation can no longer advance under the system of education for the elite group once the nation has reached full growth. Politics, the economy and society will not go forward under a system in which some specific person leads the others. Any child, under any circumstances, certainly has some great ability or skill. We have to aim at creating a society where anyone, not just the person who does well at school or who contributes to the economy, can have a sense of well-being anywhere in circumstances where we help each other and can display our abilities in various fields. There were 2.5 million to 2.7 million babies born per year during the baby boom. They are now in their early 50s. Those baby boomers are now working very hard. Currently, half of that number, that is, no more than 1.2 million babies are born every year. This means that the future work force will be 1.2 million at most. The Japanese economy has developed while securing employment for 2.5 million people annually of the baby boom generation. However, there will definitely come a time when the country is severely understaffed. If each individual acquires abilities and employment opportunities are open according to their abilities, the problem of young people who want to get a job but cannot find one will be solved. For that to happen, it becomes a priority to create an environment in which each individual's ability can be displayed to the full.

 

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