A nice blog in that you described well a few problems Japan has. And you surely enjoyed the Japanese dinner!
Today I’ve been based in the North of Osaka in Ikeda city, visiting two projects that work with vulnerable young people.
The first was a Cultural Centre that provides an alternative curriculum for young people who can’t attend mainstream school. Because of the schooling system in Japan, there is a great deal of pressure on young people to achieve in elementary and junior high school in order to gain a place at a well ranked high school aged 15. It’s pretty common for children here to have a very strong study ethic. But this centre supports children who can’t cope with this level of pressure, or who have been bullied in mainstream school. Osaka local government fund the project as part of their support services because of the increasing amount of truancy or long-term absence.
It’s a sad statistic to hear, an even more real when you see the need.
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