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ERIC Number: ED411897
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 19
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Recent Developments in Japan's Lifelong Learning Society.
Makino, Atsushi
In the wake of economic and social change in Japan, several lifelong learning initiatives have been implemented. Structural changes such as internationalization, the coming of the information age, and the maturation of Japanese society caused the formerly homogeneous society to become more flexible, paving the way for lifelong learning. Additional changes included a shift in the majority of employment from full time to part time, and educational reform. Japan is also attempting to get the family more involved with children's learning in order to foster unity and individuality. The Ad Hoc Council for Educational Reform helped move lifelong learning from the conceptual to the policy stage in the late 1980s. The 14th Central Council for Education submitted a report titled "Basic Maintenance for Lifelong Learning," which outlined needed reforms. This gave rise to the Lifelong Learning Promotion Act, which legally established the Council's recommendations. The Education Administration will lose its autonomy and be gradually subsumed by the General Administration. In addition, local bodies will be prevented from participating in the lifelong learning system, but the private sector will be encouraged to participate. Lifelong learning has taken great strides in Japan, and can be used as a developmental model for other Asia Pacific economies. Contains 20 references. (YKH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan