It was learned on March 2 that a survey conducted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology shows that the ratio of teachers who are members of the Japan Teachers’ Union (JTU) as of October 1, 2017 was 22.9%, down by 0.7 point from the previous year. This represents a steady decline for 41 straight years since 1977.
The overall ratio of unionized teachers, including members of unions other than JTU, also went down by 1.1 points to 34.1%. It is believed that this overall decline was the result of massive retirement of teachers of the generation with a high ratio of union membership.
The survey was conducted on some 1.025 million full-time teachers of public schools, excluding universities and technical colleges. Around 349,000 of them were members of teachers’ groups. The biggest number, 235,000, were JTU members, down by 7,000 from the previous year.
The All Japan Teachers and Staff Union with 39,000 members lost more than 2,000 members, accounting for 3.8% of unionized teachers. On the other hand, the National Federation of Teachers of Japan gained some 1,000 members, increasing its membership to 20,000 and accounting for 2.0% of teachers belonging to unions.