Children with foreign nationality parents need support to enter higher-level schools

April 11 , 2019

Hirosaki University associate prof. Miho Yoshioka spoke at a Komeito education reform hearing on Apr. 9Hirosaki University associate prof. Miho Yoshioka spoke at a Komeito education reform hearing on Apr. 9

On April 9, a Komeito group to promote education reform met at the House of Representatives to hear Miho Yoshioka, associate professor at Hirosaki University graduate school of teaching, speak on educating children with foreign national parents in Japan. In her lecture, Ms. Yoshioka noted that such children are often forced into poverty as they are perceived by Japanese society as lacking in employability due to the fact that they have not acquired a high school equivalency diploma for economic or language-barrier reasons. She called for public- and private-sector support in addition to progressive local government initiatives to remedy the situation.