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Japan to introduce new compulsory subjects in high schools

  • February 14, 2018
  • , Jiji Press , 6:24 p.m.
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Tokyo, Feb. 14 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s education ministry on Wednesday released a draft of revised curriculum guidelines for high schools, including the introduction of “rekishi sogo,” or comprehensive history, and “kokyo,” or public affairs, as new compulsory subjects. 

Rekishi sogo will cover the modern and contemporary history of both Japan and the rest of the world. In kokyo, students will learn, among others, issues related to popular sovereignty following the lowering of the minimum voting age from 20 to 18.

So-called active learning programs designed to nurture students’ ability to independently find problems and solutions through debate and presentation will be introduced in all subjects.


The ministry will solicit public comments on the draft until March 15 and announce the new curriculum guidelines by the March 31 end of fiscal 2017. The new guidelines are scheduled to be introduced in stages from fiscal 2022.


Revisions of curriculum guidelines for elementary and junior high schools have already been made, with the new ones set to be fully implemented from fiscal 2020 at elementary schools and from fiscal 2021 at junior high schools.

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