Japan is one of the most advanced countries when it comes to education and Japan education system is among the best in the world. It is the main reason for Japan’s strength as a country, as it has maintained its position as one of the most prosperous countries in the world by educating their children well. The modern approach to education in Japan makes them in demand globally.

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In this article I am going to give an overview of how the Japan school system works. It is very interesting to learn about how the education system is run in a developed country. After understanding it you will have a better understanding about how schools in Japan work.


The schooling system in Japan is quite different from that in the United States. In Japan, education is based on a four-year university system. The traditional four-year system takes students to high school for two years. It is followed by three years of high school and after that they go to a two-year university.

So how does the Japan school system work? Basically, there are several levels to the education. One level is the primary school, the next level is the junior high school, and after that the students enter junior high school again for a few years and then they enter high school for two years.

In the United States there is a common way of teaching but some districts in Japan do not use this as a standard way of teaching. Teachers are selected according to their qualification. The teachers are chosen by the principals of each class and the teachers have little or no input on the way the class is taught.

Parents pick the students for the Japanese elementary school but in the United States there is no choice. Some districts in Japan give parents the option of selecting a school for their child. This seems to be a solution to the Japanese problem of overcrowding.

In primary school there is a headmaster who is responsible for supervising all classes. He takes care of the discipline in each class as well as developing and coordinating the curriculum of the class. He also develops special programs such as music, dance, drama, and sports.

In junior high school there is another headmaster in charge of the classes. In elementary school there is a school psychologist who supervises all students’ emotional, social, and academic development. She works in conjunction with the regular teachers.

In high school there is a school counselor who works with the students of the same sex as well as students who have learning disabilities. He works with the students and he plays a significant role in helping students to cope with their school problems. He can also help students who have some mental problems such as behavioral problems, emotional disorders, and depression.

There are thirteen different areas of learning in Japan. Students learn about the four different subjects in the Japanese schools namely the general subjects, subjects for academic skills, subjects for intellectual growth, the culture and society subjects, and the arts.

In the United States there are four major areas of study such as the humanities, the natural sciences, social sciences, and the arts. As in Japan, all these subjects are taught in different grades, depending on the age of the student.



If you want to learn more about how the Japan school system works and you want to know more about how the education system in Japan is structured and planned then read on. Learn about the history of the Japanese school system and how it is different from other countries.