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LDP eyes adding clause to Constitution to ensure equal education

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Japanese people should be free of schooling until graduating Senior High School. People who ant their children to expensive HS, there are Private schools.

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So interesting how these parties are without core beliefs. LDP is conservative but, ultimately, the party of big government. In lots of ways, this big government has run Japan into the ground. In other ways, it's been successful. I guess things work up until they stop working. Like the Health Care system, free education (ok, it's not exactly education - it's social training and there's no reason to believe more government management will make the content any better) would certainly be nice. I wonder how they can afford it? Isn't there a risk in a time when debt is so high that the damn will break? Well, if Japan can do it then they should. It just seemed that Abe has wasted all his political capital on this dream of changing article 9 and hasn't improved work, education, the economy. I can't say I trust them. But, I wouldn't oppose this benefit on the face of it. I'm worried about the execution of it though. Japan definitely needs to balance out the power of the old and aged and offer something for young people. But is this just bate and switch? Is this economically feasible? Will the be able to come up with these billions of Yen and not waste it?

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So Abe wants to add a clause to the constitution that he does not believe in? How is he going to sell that? "I am not in favour of this clause, but please vote for it anyway"? It's nonsense. Abe should resign instead of carrying on with this madness.

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Higher education should also include Higher Technical education so that an individual after acquiring the requisite skills ,gets employment without waiting and becomes self supporting person without any dependence on the old parents.

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Abe's cheap shot.

Japanese people should come up with their own Constitution to replace the current one entirely.

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@JeffLee

Ah, you made my point already, sorry. I didn't notice your post.

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Let's be clear that there is nothing in the current constitution which prohibits the Diet from passing laws that would make 'uncompulsory' education also free of charge. This would be perfectly constitutional. There is no need for an amendment unless the constitution said something like: 'c*ompulsory education shall be free, but uncompulsory**** education shall not***', but it doesn't say that. Abe and the LDP could put forward free education legislation tomorrow if he really thought this was important, but he doesn't.

Article 26. All people shall have the right to receive an equal education correspondent to their ability, as provided by law.

All people shall be obligated to have all boys and girls under their protection receive ordinary education as provided for by law. Such compulsory education shall be free.

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Also ALL education here, through Uni, should be free, other countries do it, so can Japan.

Not all countries do it, and I'd note that the the taxpayers in my home country who contributed to a good chunk of my education have seen close to nothing back from me, as I have paid most of my life's taxes here in Japan. Japan and I did well from the deal, but the taxpayers of my home country have done poorly.

Why burden new people into the workforce with crushing debts? Let them be productive members of society and the government will benefit even more with increased tax collections as well!

Why take on "crushing debt" for education if it isn't going to be worth doing so? People should only take on debt if they expect that the return on their investment is going to be worth it - that is if they believe that the education they are paying for will endow them with valuable knowledge / skills. As recipients and beneficiaries of the education, I think they should in principle pay something. If they don't it's the taxpayers that are lumped with the entire risk of someone else's decision. I don't think that's fair.

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The current constitution already guarantees equal education.

 All people shall have the right to receive an equal education correspondent to their ability, as provided by law.

All people shall be obligated to have all boys and girls under their protection receive ordinary education as provided for by law. Such compulsory education shall be free.

So why would abolishing college tuition need a constitutional amendment? Why not just issue a set of directives to make it happen? Constitutions normally contain principles, rather than specific policy moves.

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to ensure that financial factors do not deprive Japanese citizens of the opportunity to get an education, 

Yeah, junior high school is free until you start adding the costs of uniforms and sporting gear for club activities, of course. These costs alone can run into a few hundred thousand yen per year. This is just more Abe lip service. How about getting a coat of paint on the dilapidated schools and having them professionally cleaned at least once a month? How about spending some money on putting audio-visual equipment into schools and supplying computers for teachers? All of these are supplied by P & C groups or by the teachers themselves. This is what keeps private schools so popular. Public schools are a dirty, dilapidated and out-dated joke!

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he proposed discussing making universities and other institutions offering higher education free

I think people (and/or their care-givers) should pay for at least some portion of their education costs. 

When something is completely "free" (meaning others are paying for what the recipient receives), it results in poorly spent money. If the recipient is spending their own money, they have a stronger incentive to make sure that they are getting commensurate value for money.

But the needy should be guaranteed adequate financial support to ensure that they can access education services like everyone else who has sufficient means.

If it's education to be "free", next it'll be food... 

As an aside, it'd be interesting to know the reaction of insurance companies to this. They and the post-office are peddling "gakushi hoken" products to parents, which is basically just a low-return savings product for higher education purposes that also has a life insurance policy on a parent attached. All the parents who poured money into such products would no longer have an incentive to purchase such savings products if education were to be made "free". (On the contrary they'd need the extra yen to pay the resulting higher taxes.)

An idea has also been floated to add a clause to oblige the state to improve education.

The onus to improve education ought be squarely on education providers and education consumers. Government's role should only be to ensure that the needy have adequate means to ensure they can access education, too.

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The hidden agenda is to include more nationalistic propaganda into the curriculum and teach ES and JHS kids to march to the beat of Abe's drum.

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So...back to business as usual? No hammering on anymore about the cloud of scandals huh? So much for democracy,smh!!

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Danger. This is an attempt at a test run in changing the Constitution with the intent of trashing Article 9. The fact is that what the LDP is proposing, if they are at all serious about it, can be legislated without constitutional change.

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The Article 26 says "all people shall have the right to receive an equal education corresponding to their ability." It also states that compulsory education at elementary to junior high schools be provided free.

With a shrinking population, and the needs of the ever changing economy, compulsory education here should be through HS.

Another problem is the funding aspect, ES and JHS are for the most part funded locally by the city, town, or village, which means if the municipality doesnt have money, the school's fall into disrepair. While the HS's are funded by the prefecture, and are in great shape.

It SHOULD be the reverse if anything, as ES and JHS are the foundations of any child's education, but because by tradition here, HS is not mandatory, the funding is reversed. That's asinine in my opinion.

Also ALL education here, through Uni, should be free, other countries do it, so can Japan. Why burden new people into the workforce with crushing debts? Let them be productive members of society and the government will benefit even more with increased tax collections as well!

Guess that is too far sighted for Abe Inc to consider, they want results yesterday!

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I would in principle support such an amendment, but I'm deeply skeptical that Abe's LDP or really anyone in the bureaucracy has spent one moment thinking it through. Because to truly make education free in Japan, you have to ban jukus. Or rather, require all school entrance exams be set by the actual skills students need to function in that system, as opposed to the current practice of artificially inflating the content tested to the degree that no public school could ever prepare students for them and only by rote-memorizing thousands of hours' worth of facts at a juku does anyone have a chance at passing.

And I just doubt Abe is detail-oriented enough to have thought that through.

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I oppose the amendment of Article 9 but my bigger worry has always been the other changes that Abe and the LDP are rumoured to want. Some want a Confucian style amendment stating that the family rather than the individual is the core of Japanese society. It might sound harmless, but it would allow the government to pass laws requiring children to pay for the care of their elderly parents, even if they are estranged. Others want to reverse the Supreme court decision that decided it was unconstitutional to impose higher criminal penalties on children who kill their parents or grandparents (because every person is seen as equal under the current constitution).

The prospect of a State of Emergency clause giving the government much greater power in an emergency (defined by them) is the one that frightens me.

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Free education is the favourite topic all over the world and a must for socialist nation. Free education will do away with scholarship but another thing for free education is also to have no age limit for university enrolment and no age limit for scholarship receiver if there is still scholarship. Is this applicable to international students? Biggest problem faced in free education is paying the staffs salary and institution expenditure.

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koiwaicoffeeToday 07:21 am JSTOnly for "Japanese citizens"?

why should it be offered to to people who aren't residents of japan?

this would be the only popular aspect of abe's attempt at revising the constitution and he knows it. most people don't want the constitution changed so he has to inckude some populist elements to entice voters to pass it.

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so easy to change the japanese pacifist constitution, and give money to private universities from taxpayers. revise textbooks. luckily our dear leader has no connection to private nationalistic schools.

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With the lowest spend on education in the OECD it is surely about time isn't it?

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This is the one thing I actually support from Dishonest Abe.

This is what Abe wants to hear from you. He wants to make opening the constitutional amendment can of worms more palatable to those who might otherwise oppose it.

I oppose the amendment of Article 9 but my bigger worry has always been the other changes that Abe and the LDP are rumoured to want. Some want a Confucian style amendment stating that the family rather than the individual is the core of Japanese society. It might sound harmless, but it would allow the government to pass laws requiring children to pay for the care of their elderly parents, even if they are estranged. Others want to reverse the Supreme court decision that decided it was unconstitutional to impose higher criminal penalties on children who kill their parents or grandparents (because every person is seen as equal under the current constitution).

I hope people don't fall for Abe's scam.

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This is the one thing I actually support from Dishonest Abe.

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This is too obvious, even for this administration.

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Only for "Japanese citizens"?

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Ha ha

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Is this a test to see if the people will allow Abe to make any changes to the constitution? Of course the LDP will say this is a harmless amendment, but once you start down that road it will be much easier to make other changes, like renouncing article 9!I must say, it is a rather shrewd move by a bunch of buffoons

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