Japanese History May Be Required in High School

The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan), January 7, 2014 | Go to article overview

Japanese History May Be Required in High School


The government is considering making Japanese history a compulsory subject in high school, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

Japanese history is currently an elective subject in high school. The government aims to nurture human resources with deep knowledge and understanding of Japanese history as more Japanese people are working globally in their respective fields. The Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry will this summer seek opinions of the Central Education Council on the revision of the national curriculum guidelines for high schools to implement the plan.

Japanese history could be a compulsory subject as early as the 2019 school year, following the screening of textbooks and the other necessary procedures.

Under the 1989 revision of the curriculum guideline, social science was divided into geography/history and civics.

In the geography and history category, world history was made compulsory, and geography and Japanese history became elective subjects, only one of which students are required to take.

Before the revision, Japanese history, world history and geography were all elective subjects. However, schools tended to put less importance on Japanese history as they prioritized education that would equip students with the knowledge to deal with globalization. …

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