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With the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, the issue of potentially moving the start of the Japanese academic year to September has risen up the agenda and is being hotly debated. A research group led by Oxford’s Professor Takehiko Kariya has compiled a report giving data on the social impact of such a move, including how it will affect the education budget, nursery schools, after-school care provision, and teacher numbers. The report does not take a position on the desirability of making such a move, but aims to provide solid data to encourage debate on the issue based on clear, sound evidence.
The report can be found here: ９月入学導入に対する教育保育における社会的影響に関する報告書(Japanese only)
The team who compiled the report are:
Takehiko Kariya (Professor, University of Oxford)
Research team (in Japanese phonetic order):
Shinichi Aizawa (Associate Professor, Sophia University)
Satoshi Araki (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Information and Communication)
Naoya Okamoto (Administrative Director, Glocal Academy)
Takayasu Nakamura (Professor, University of Tokyo)
Please address enquiries about this report to:
Shinichi Aizawa (firstname.lastname@example.org) regarding chapters 1 and 2 and for general enquiries about this project
Naoya Okamoto (email@example.com) regarding chapters 1, 3, 4 and 5
Please credit the above when citing the data in this report.