elementary school

Japanese elementary teacher busted for hiding students’ shoes, writing “die” on their belongings

His motive is probably not what you think.

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Survey says more sixth graders in Japan aspire to work in medicine this year than last year

Perhaps thanks to the coronavirus, many kids might have a newfound respect for doctors and nurses.

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Shibuya gives each public elementary and junior high student a Surface Go 2 tablet for school

Modernization is on its way to Tokyo schools!

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“Beauty dictionary” for Japanese elementary girls advises braindead phrases for boys to like them

Because the key to being liked is scrubbing away your personality.

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Tired of wasting paper practicing your kanji? Try these reusable water-activated practice sheets

Just water and a brush is all you need to practice Japanese calligraphy with these high-tech school supplies!

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Honda promotes street safety with tote bags resembling “a police officer hung on your shoulder”

The car manufacturer promotes safer streets with this snappy side-satchel for grade-school students.

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Elementary school uses clever trick to get everyone to dispose of their chopsticks properly

Both the children and the adults have gotten in on the fun while also sharing their future dreams (and lamentations). 

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Illustration by manga artist shows why elementary kids should be allowed to leave books at school

Even grade school kids have a lot to carry to every day.

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Boy threatens to stab school staff forcing elementary students to wear Giorgio Armani uniforms

Threatening to cut people up with a knife is not the best way to go about airing frustrations.

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Cute elementary school Valentine’s Day story makes Japanese Twitter give collective “d’aww”

Crafty kid + smart teacher = happy memory.

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Sinisterly simple math puzzle for elementary school kids stumps Japanese Twitter adults

Get out your thinking caps, and get ready to possibly lose some of your grown-up pride.

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Japanese elementary school teacher gets drunk, visits student’s house and beats him with stick

The teacher used a drumstick from a drumming video game during the assault.

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This Japanese race queen is really an elementary school student

The 13-year-old schoolgirl has fired up debate about young girls in the modelling industry.

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Roleplay as a Japanese student at classroom-themed izakaya, Rokunen Yonkumi

With themed rooms and waiters who act as teachers and nurses, you’ll never want to leave elementary school again!

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Survey shows “YouTuber” among top jobs Japanese kids want when they grow up

Because they want to “make millions” and “not have to study…” 

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New school in Iraq to provide a Japanese-style education

Impressed with Japan’s ability to quickly rebuild after the Second World War, some educators in Iraq are looking to instill similar values in their own youth.

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Japanese teacher’s explanation about “individuality” to kids has a deep, beautiful meaning

Individuality is more than just writing kanji slightly differently from each other.

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When a fight broke out between the students of an Aichi elementary school class, their homeroom teacher tried to defuse the situation by imparting some wisdom. You see, kids, “naked men don’t make money, but naked women do…”

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In Japanese elementary schools, lunchtime means serving classmates, cleaning the school 【Video】

Last month, we took a look at how in Japan many children are expected to commute to school without their parents’ help starting in elementary school. That’s not the only amazing display of responsibility that’s part of everyday life for Japanese kids, though.

Not only do Japanese schools not have school busses, they also don’t have food-serving or cleaning staff. That means it’s the students themselves who’re responsible for distributing school lunches and keeping the building clean, and the diligence with which they go about their tasks would put many full-blown adults to shame, as shown in this video of all the things Japanese grade schoolers are expected to do during a typical school day in addition to studying.

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Natsukashii! Japan’s Twitter users in their 30s share items from their youth, get all nostalgic

It’s weird being in your thirties (or thereabouts) in 2015. Kids today have no idea what a struggle it was for us growing up in the days before smartphone selfies, dumb internet trends, and myriad modern technological conveniences. Wait, what are we saying, it was absolutely awesome! For ours was a more innocent childhood, full of VHS tapes, talking on phones connected to the wall by a wire, and clunky dial-up internet that still felt like the greatest thing ever invented.

Japan’s 30s club is no different; they too are nostalgic for the relics of a simpler past. And in this article, we round up 22 nostalgic items that Japanese Twitter users say sum up their idyllic childhoods. But how many of them (if any) are the same as those we in the west enjoyed?

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