Education in Japan

The causes and negative and positive effects of intense competition in the nation’s elite high schools and colleges.

Education in Japan: The Key to Success
In Japan, great importance is placed on education as a necessary part of achieving success within society. Schools are seen as proving grounds where necessary societal values are learned and explored, where important relationships are formed and built upon. The Japanese educational system is not merely the means to achieving the ultimate goal of social stability; it is an integral part of that goal, and neither can exist without the other.

Japan places great importance on the development and maintenance of human relationships; they are seen as the building blocks of Japanese society. Such relationships endure for a lifetime and longer, and are based on a mutual dependence. This is best typified by the Japanese concept of amae, which is…