S2 Ep15. 義務教育


Hello, this is episode 15 of season 2 of my podcast. Last month, I looked at the estate agent’s website and noticed that the rent for the apartments in my apartment building had gone down. I talked to my landlord and he agreed to lower my rent too. I feel lucky. Apartments in Japan can have their rent reduced over time.


I have recently been studying comparative pedagogy at university. Comparative pedagogy is the study of the differences in education systems and the history of education in different countries. Comparing the education systems of different countries gives a clear picture of the differences between societies. An example is the difference in Gimukyouiku. ‘Gimukyouiku’ (compulsory education) is the period during which children have to go to school. In Japan, there are six years of elementary school and three years of junior high school, nine years in all. In the USA, it ranges from 9 to 13 years, depending on the state. In Japan, all schools use the same textbooks. In the USA, there are no set textbooks.


I talked about this with an American student today. He said that in American junior high school history classes, in addition to the history of their country, they also study the history of their state. I did not know this. In Japanese junior high schools, students study the history of their country, which is the same no matter where they live. We study history also in high school, but the content is generally the same in all schools. It is not until we enter university that the content changes significantly. At university, we study history related to our major in detail.


The recent submarine news was frightening. There may be similar accidents in space travel. Well, I think that’s it for today. See you next time and thanks for listening!

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