They don’t do it your way, they do it their way. 10 reasons why Japanese schooling system is so unique.

A S M Siddique
6 min readNov 30, 2020

Bullying, suicides, corporal punishment and other negative aspects of Japanese schooling system you heard before-better re-think them now. Here’s 10 reasons that my years of living and working in Japan made me think world can learn from Japanese schooling system.

Kids going to school in Japan
Kids going to nursery in a harmony. Credit: note thanun @Unsplash

1. School lunches are great.

First of all, one of the great things about Japanese schools is the school lunch system. If you go to school, even a child from a poor family can get well-balanced nutrition, which is a really great. In my case, as I talked with kids, I see them learning about “nutritional balance” through school lunches in elementary school, and it seemed to me that school lunches played an important role in children’s “dietary education”. *

In many cases, children cook their own meals in schools. If you haven’t seen that viral video of kids preparing their own meals in schools, see it and you would understand why I admire this system so much.

Incidentally, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) states that the main reason for the non-payment of school lunch fees for each student is “a sense of parental responsibility and a sense of normality,” with about 60% of schools attributing this to a sense of parental responsibility.

2. The uniform is great.

Even in the West, some private schools in the UK have uniforms, but there are almost no countries where they are used from kindergarten to high school. I think there are many advantages to having the same school uniform for everyone.

Why Japanese schools have uniforms? The answer is simple-not to let anyone expose their extravagance but to give everyone a feel and sense of uniformity and bonding.

A S M Siddique

Professionally Marketer, Personally seeking means for a meaningful life