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Apr 4, 2024

Japan to adjust structure of care worker exam, easing path to success

A welfare ministry panel has proposed a so-called partial pass program for the certified care worker examination, to expand test-taking opportunities for working people amid a shortage of nursing care workers, it has been learned.

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Mar 17, 2022

Japan's transformation to a university that emphasizes graduation rather than entrance exams

With the introduction of online classes, Japanese universities will be given more weight to graduate than entrance exams.

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Mar 7, 2022

Evaluating Japan's Common Test for University Admissions

Regarding the Common Test for University Admissions, which was held for the first time this year, the National Center for University Entrance Examinations was a problem evaluation and analysis committee that summarized the problems of each subject and subject based on the opinions of high school teachers and educational research groups.

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Feb 28, 2022

Japan Association of National Universities set up additional exams

Based on the infection status of the new coronavirus, the Japan Association of National Universities held a press conference after the first general meeting on June 14, to secure opportunities to take the individual examinations of this year's national universities, such as setting additional examinations.

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Feb 22, 2022

Japan's Common test problem leaked

Minister of Education received the university entrance examination after the female university students who appeared were sent documents because the problem of the common test for university entrance examination that was held in January leaked to the outside during the examination time.

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Oct 6, 2021

Schools in Egypt flourishing with Tokkatsu system

The Japanese education system, Tokkatsu, continues to flourish in Egypt as the country had 48 schools that used the system during the last academic school year.

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Sep 3, 2021

In Japan, some qualifications for international students will be changed

Japanese proficiency have been added from the 2022 international student entrance examination that begins in June.

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Jun 23, 2021

Japan Begins Alternative Unified University Entrance Exam

Japan began an alternative test of its new unified university entrance examination, mainly for students affected by prolonged school closures amid the coronavirus epidemic.

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Apr 29, 2021

Education adds to Japan's latest exports to developing nations

Seeing this as an opportunity to increase Tokyo's soft power, the Japanese government since 2016 has set aside around 70 million yen a year to boost exports of education services to developing nations, like Egypt and Vietnam, in an initiative dubbed "Edu-port Nippon."

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Japan is an island chain, surrounded by more than four thousand islands, located between the North Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan. The total population is 127 million; among the largest cities are Kyoto, Osaka and Japan's capital city of Tokyo, with a population of over twelve million. The language of instruction is Japanese and the literacy rate is 99 percent. The currency is the Japanese Yen. The religions are Shinto Buddhist and Christian. Japan is a land of rich history with economic strengths in electronics and computing technology. Traditionally valued qualities such as an emphasis on team integration and not standing out, along with conventional lecture-based teaching methods are still the norm. In recent times the younger generation has shown more interest in individuality.


Throughout Japan the education system is highly centralized with clearly defined national standards and a uniform school system. The structure is modeled on the American system of 6+3+3+4: six years of elementary education, three years of lower secondary education, three years of upper secondary education and four years of university education for the bachelor's degree. Documents are issued by the institution in Japanese and English. The central authority on education, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), maintains strict guidelines and monitors government accreditation. Japan has both public and private schools.

Primary and Secondary Education

The school year for primary and secondary education is April to March; the higher education school year is April to March. Compulsory schooling goes through grade nine (ages six to fifteen). The length of schooling is as follows: elementary - six years, lower secondary - three years and upper secondary - three years.

Upon completion of elementary education, students are awarded the Shoggato Sotsugyo Shosho, required for entrance to the lower secondary level. Upon completion of the lower secondary school, the Chugakko Sotsugyo Shosho is awarded. At the completion of upper secondary school, students receive the Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shosho. This plus the national university entrance examination are required for admission to the tertiary level.

Post-Secondary Education

First Cycle

Higher education generally consists of Daigaku (universities), Tanki Daigaku (junior colleges), Koto Senmon Gakko (colleges of technology) and special training schools and colleges. Of the four types of institutions, only universities and junior colleges are strictly postsecondary providers. The first level of university studies is normally four years and awards a Gakushi Shogo or Daigakko Sotsugyo Shosho after completion; six years for earning a Bachelor in medicine or dentistry.

Second and Third Cycles

The second level is generally two years in length and leads to a Master's Degree. The third level is generally a minimum of three additional years and leads to a Doctoral Degree.

Teacher Training

Teacher training at all levels of pre-elementary, elementary and secondary school is generally a four-year program taken at national universities. Some teachers also train at two- or four-year colleges at a small number of local and private institutions of higher education.



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