10 Facts About Japanese Schools That Blow Your Mind

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I bet you will not know these 10 Shocking Facts About Japanese Schools until you read the entire post.

As we all know Japan is a country filled with surprises, which follows a unique culture, and customs. Because of its well-educated community, Japan has the least crime rate in the entire world. It aims mainly to produce a harmonious society.

Even though Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed by an American bomb, it took very little time to recover due to its strong community base.

Have you ever wondered how school life will be in Japan? Here is a list of the most surprising aspects that I found in typical public schools in Japan. Here are completely different from what you experienced during your childhood in your country.

1. Japan Schools Don’t Have Janitors

Facts About Japanese Schools, Japan Schools Don't Have Janitors

In our schools, we see janitors every time who cleans up the classrooms and toilets but here interestingly, there is no Janitor, so they leave schools dirty? ‘No’ then Who cleans it?

The Students themselves cleans the school every single day and don’t think it is practiced to save money, instead they want to teach the children about their responsibilities and to keep their community in a good way.

It is a good practice but everyday cleaning by children maybe not a better idea but once a while will be a good option in my opinion.

2. Japanese Schools Don’t Allow Any Relationships

Shocking Facts About Japanese Schools, Japanese Schools Don't Allow Any RelationshipsThe relationship here means being close to the opposite gender, in western countries they may go for a date or make a girlfriend or boyfriend it’s common right? But don’t dare to do it in Japanese school.

In Japanese school relationships are not allowed, if someone caught they have to end up their relationship or else they will be punished, you will be surprised even hugging and kissing is also banned in the schools even if you have the friendly intention.

Again this is debatable thing because some accept this culture and some against this.

3. Uniforms Are Mandatory and Very Strictly Followed

In many schools, as we know Uniforms are not compulsory but in a Japanese school, the strict dress code is followed, where boys have to wear long black suits and girls have to wear short skirts.

hmm.. there raises a question, in the strict environment why mini skirts?

4. Students Are Trained To Self Defense

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Students normally run and hide when an intruder enters the schools but here it’s a totally different story.

The Japanese students will be trained to fight with the intruder who is dangerous, students even get weapons, do you know how? The weapons will be hanged on the walls of the school its called ‘sasumata’ teachers and students uses in emergency cases.

5. They Don’t Have Any Substitute Teachers

There is no substitute teacher in a Japanese school, here substitute teacher means when a regular class teacher is not available other teachers come and engage the class, normally we enjoy making fun and mess around.

In Japan schools there is no chance to do all those things, students are expected to work by keeping quiet. Then you may be thinking it’s the chance of getting out as holiday right? hurray! But in Japan, they have to study the entire day even in the absence of the teacher.

6. Vacations Are The Dream For Japanese Students

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The summer holidays or the vacations after exams are the most awaited days of our school life to relax from the daily studies, playing games with friends. You may be thinking why this topic I am talking about, wait there is a reason.

For Japanese students they also get vacations but they don’t waste time like most of us, they go for extra-curricular activities to increase their skills, From now on you also don’t play and don’t waste time – just kidding | A school life without enjoying and playing its a waste but it depends on the individual.

I will give you an example of proving how dedicated the students are in Japan. when a bell rang children run out of their school quickly but in Japan, they stay behind even after the bell.

7. Everyone Should Eat The Same Meal For Their Lunch

You may remember your childhood days where you were bringing lunch from home to the school and exchange with friends right? But here in a Japanese school, there is no choice to accept the same lunch provided in common to all.

In Japan, students are not allowed to bring outside food “Did you hear“, that it is true a little weird though, but that’s what they follow.

This will shock you – The students are not allowed to eat outside of the classroom also, they must eat inside the classroom with their teachers. Crazy right! Definitely, if you or I go to that school we will not adjust for not even one single day.

8. Delay In Attending School On-Time, Then The Karma Follows You

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Many times if you remember in childhood sometimes we use to go to school a little bit late, the reasons may be different traffic on the way, or to pass the time of your hated subject, etc. but the teacher was scolding or knowing the reason and letting inside.

But in Japanese schools, if students delay attending class, after the class hours you need to remain there and the teachers will teach what you have missed in the class and then only you can come out of school. If any student planning to do so, then he/she only has to suffer that is what we meant karma here.

9. There Are No Exams For The First 3 Years Of School

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Each year of schooling starting from L.K.G it is commonly conducted tests and exams which is a difficult period to teach small children at that age but even then parents and teachers give their best to teach them.

In the list of 10 Shocking Facts About Japanese Schools, this fact interested me a lot where our schools also should adopt this system.

Japanese believe to test someone firstly by their character hence, they give much importance to personality development in those 3 years of schooling.

10. There Are No Classroom Exchanges Takes Place

Shocking Facts About Japanese Schools, There Are No Classroom Exchanges Takes Place

We in India we tend to change classrooms often for opting different languages as optional or if any teachers are absent they merge to a single class to control but whereas Japanese schools have a different story.

The teacher may change from one classroom to another but not the students, they have to remain in the same class even in the absence of the teacher and do any work like studying or practicing alone.

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From the above 10 Surprising Facts About Japanese Schools, I founded only one fact that intrested me i.e. no exam for the first 3 years, apart from that I personally didn’t like any of the practices they do in the school.

Though Japan has the highest literacy rate, we should not forget the highest rate of suicide too (because of unemployment and stress). Children should be given the freedom to grow and explore in all aspects, but here from childhood to the completion of education, control is within the hands of schools and teachers.

If I would get the chance to go for Japanese school definitely I would have rejected 101% after knowing these Japanese school life facts, after seeing school life in Japan what do you think? tell us your opinion in the comment section below, I would love to see your opinion.

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