London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Japanese education within the local community as a form of citizenship education

Author(s) Miyano, S.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2012  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell (eds.) Creating Communities: Local, National and Global  
Age group -  
Some foreign people living in Japan go to Tohoku, the disaster area affected by a huge earthquake, to support the victims as volunteers. They strongly hope to do so, because they were always helped by volunteers at a Japanese language class in their local community. As the fact that some Japanese call foreign people as 'gaijin' which literally means 'outside people' indicates, some people do not welcome foreign people in Japan. However, foreign people are members of Japanese society and, moreover, most of them seem to want to participate in the society. It appears that Japanese language education helps foreign people take part in the society, and that language education might take the role of citizenship education. This study explores the roles of Japanese education in local community as citizenship education. There are papers focusing on Japanese education in terms of citizenship education and language education policy in Europe Union (Fukushima: 2009; Fukushima: 2011). In addition, some researches emphasise the role of Japanese education for the formulation of civil society (Yamada 2002; Okazaki 2008). However, there are few papers addressing Japanese education activities in terms of citizenship education. Therefore, this study takes up two activities to explore the roles of Japanese education for citizenship education. Miyano, Japanese education, local community, citizenship education

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