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Education in Japan

A Comprehensive Analysis of Education Reforms and Practices

  • Yuto Kitamura
  • Toshiyuki Omomo
  • Masaaki Katsuno

Table of contents

About this book


This book illustrates the nature of Japan’s education system and identifies its strengths and weaknesses, as well as the socioeconomic environment surrounding education in contemporary Japanese society. It describes the basic institutional structure of each educational stage, in an overview of today’s school education in Japan, while also analyzing the current implementation status of important policies and the progress of reform at each stage. The book also examines the status of and problems with various issues that are considered essential to education in Japan today. These include teachers, lesson studies, school and community, educational disparities, education and jobs, multiculturalism, university reforms, internationalization of education and English-language education, education for sustainable development, and others, covering a diverse range of fields. The book is unique in its attempt to comprehensively understand and analyze the educational field in Japan by drawing on the expertise of various academic disciplines.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Yuto Kitamura
    • 1
  • Toshiyuki Omomo
    • 2
  • Masaaki Katsuno
    • 3
  1. 1.Graduate School of EducationThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Gakushuin Women’s CollegeTokyoJapan
  3. 3.Graduate School of EducationThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan

About the editors

Yuto Kitamura is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Education, University of Tokyo. He received his Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is also an Associate Member of the Science Council of Japan and a Member of the Board of Education, Tokyo Metropolitan Government. He is specialized in comparative education and has conducted extensive research on the education policies of developing countries, particularly in Southeast Asia. His recent publications include: Emerging International Dimensions of East Asian Higher Education (co-editor, Springer, 2014) and The Political Economy of Schooling in Cambodia (co-editor, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

Toshiyuki Omomo is a Professor at the Faculty of Intercultural Studies, Gakushuin Women’s College. He is also a Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo and at Tohoku University. Holding a Ph.D. in Education from Tohoku University, he is currently President of the Japan Educational Administration Society, and an Associate Member of the Science Council of Japan. He is specialized in educational administration, particularly educational reforms in Japan and the USA. His recent publications include: U.S. Education Reform at the Frontline: Race to the Top (co-editor, Tokyo: Gakujutu Shuppankai, 2012, in Japanese), and Education Reform at the Local Level (co-editor, Tokyo: Gakuji Shuppan, 2014, in Japanese).

Masaaki Katsuno is a Professor at the Graduate School of Education, University of Tokyo. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Waikato. He has been a member of the Joint ILO/UNESCO Committee of Experts on the Application of the Recommendations concerning Teaching Personnel since 2008. His research interest in changing teachers’ work and the ways national and local polices are being enacted at the school level is reflected in his latest book, entitled “Teacher evaluation policies and practices in Japan: The workings of performativity and micro-politics in Japanese schools” (Routledge 2016). 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Education in Japan
  • Book Subtitle A Comprehensive Analysis of Education Reforms and Practices
  • Editors Yuto Kitamura
    Toshiyuki Omomo
    Masaaki Katsuno
  • Series Title Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects
  • Series Abbreviated Title Educat.Asia-Pacific Region
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-13-2630-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-13-2632-5
  • Series ISSN 1573-5397
  • Series E-ISSN 2214-9791
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 241
  • Number of Illustrations 23 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics International and Comparative Education
    Administration, Organization and Leadership
    Educational Policy and Politics
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