Japan’s first English-language schools opened to students aged five in June, as part of a bid to stem the country’s rising rate of brain damage.
The move, dubbed “Kishun” or “Kong’s Dream”, marks a turning point in education policy, which is dominated by a preference for keeping children in Japan’s traditional classroom culture.
The new schools, which are all run by the state-run Tokai Education Company, opened at the end of June and offer lessons in English, maths, science and foreign languages.
Their curriculum includes lessons in history, literature, history of science, science, geography, geography and art.
In total, about 3,000 children were enrolled.
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