The Japanese School System

  • Richard Lynn
Part of the Studies in Social Revaluation book series (STSR)


Compulsory education in Japan starts when children are aged six, as in most other countries. Britain is unusual in requiring compulsory education from the age of five. But the great majority of pre-school children in Japan attend voluntary kindergarten from the ages of three or four. The numbers attending kindergarten have risen steadily since the end of the Second World War. By 1980 approximately 85 per cent of pre-school children attended kindergarten nationally, and in Tokyo and other large cities the figure was over 90 per cent. In Britian and the USA about 40 per cent of 4-year-olds attend kindergarten.


Private School Junior High School Educational Achievement Senior High School Entrance Examination 
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© Richard Lynn 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Lynn
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  1. 1.University of UlsterUK

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