Updated:October 1, 2020

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Japan’s Education System


In Japan, kindergartens serve as early-education facilities for children of ages three to five, before they enter elementary school. There are both public and private kindergartens.

Compulsory education in Japan comprises six years of elementary and three years of junior high school. Beyond this, the education system extends to three years of high school and four years of college. The Japanese school year starts in April and ends in the following March. Children must be six years old as of April 1 to enroll in an elementary school.

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