Challenges to Japanese Education: Economics, Reform, and Human Rights

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $28.88
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 38%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (6) from $28.88   
  • New (2) from $44.41   
  • Used (4) from $28.88   


In this volume, eight leading Japanese scholars present their research on profound and sensitive issues facing Japanese society, much of which has not been available to the English-speaking world. Traveling from Japan to engage in a unique forum at the University of California, they joined eminent professors Befu, DeVos, and Rohlen to bring over fifty leading scholars up to date on the global challenges facing Japan and how education has and will play into the reformulation of its identity. Chapters examine such topics as education policy changes, the education of minorities, including the Burakumin, the hegemony of college entrance examinations, social mobility and basic human rights, increased economic competition and global migration, political influences on educational reform, and the future of Japanese education.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807750537
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 12/9/2009
  • Series: International Perspectives on Education Reform
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction June A. Gordon Gerald LeTendre 1

Views from the Japanese Side: Challenges to Japanese Education Takehiko Kariya 11

Part I Policy, Finance, and National Reform

1 Whither Japanese Schooling? Educational Reforms and Their Impact on Ability Formation and Educational Opportunity Hidenori Fujita 17

2 The End of Egalitarian Education in Japan? The Effects of Policy Changes in Resource Distribution on Compulsory Education Takehiko Kariya 54

3 Educational Stratification: Teacher Perspectives on School Culture and the College Entrance Examination Mamoru Tsukada 67

4 Educational Selection, Career Decisions, and School Support: The Case of an Urban Commercial High School Akira Sakai 87

Part II Educational Inequalities and Marginalized Groups

5 Invisible Racism in Japan: Impact on Academic Achievement of Minority Children Yoshiro Nabeshima 109

6 Schooling of Buraku Women: Life Histories in Eastern Japan Haruhiko Kanegae 131

7 The Education of Zainichi Koreans and Their Identity Taeyoung Kim 147

8 The Education of Minorities in Japan: Voices of Amerasians in Okinawa Naomi Noiri 165

Part III Reflections on Forces Affecting the Future of Japanese Education

9 Challenges to Japanese Education: Concluding Thoughts George A. DeVos 181

10 Societal and Cultural Context of Educational Issues Harumi Befu 189

11 A New Policy Context for Schooling in Japan June A. Gordon Gerald LeTendre 205

About the Contributors 205

Index 208

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)