Collaboration with Companies

At our school, when the students become 9th graders, they have the opportunity to collaborate with some companies and develop new products. For example, students think up new product ideas and work on them with the company's staff members. Through this collaborative effort with the employees, the students can learn various things that cannot be given by school teachers. In addition, this project cultivates a good view of career and work for the students. Based on this experience, students learn that they can contribute to society by working hard, and they can give serious thought to their future and their own contribution to society.



Entrepreneurship Program

High school students join an entrepreneurship program for about six months every year, in which every class makes a business plan and presents it to all of the students. They are required to not only make a profit but to have a specific management philosophy. The classes issue stocks and sell them to collect funds. After that, they found a company and run it until the day of our cultural festival, which is held in September. At the end of the program, they hold a general meeting and show their profit and loss statements to all of the stockholders. Through this entrepreneurship program, students discover the sense of achievement as well as the difficulty in running a company. And in the end, they recognize the necessity of teamwork, creativity, communication, and so on. The primary goal of this program is to let our students experience almost the same job pressures and responsibilities as in the real world and let them realize the significance of contributing to society.



Social Business

Muhhammad Yunus gave a speech to my students when he came to Japan in July last year. He won the Nobel Peace Prize for his success of establishing social business. Since then, I have decided to incorporate his idea into "28 project." Social business is a way to solve social problems through business. We could solve social problems by volunteering or donating, but it has one drawback. Volunteers and donations often stop because people gradually lose their interest or because the economy goes bad. But if a business is successful and it keeps producing benefits, people won't stop their support. So, what I am thinking now is to make my students think about two things: social problems they want to solve and the business projects which can solve them. These can also be one of their career choices in their future.



Japanese Culture Class

When I talk with people who work internationally, they often tell me something like this, "What you want to say is more important than the skills you want to talk about. The most important thing is that you should understand your own culture." At our school, we have classes for Japanese manners, tea ceremony, flower arrangement, and kimono dressing. In addition to that, our students learn martial arts "Karate" in the P.E. classes. Even though we cannot give the students a lot of time to experience these cultural aspects, it is better than never experiencing any of these at all. We think that planting these seeds of interest at a young age will encourage the students to become more interested in Japanese culture, and it will help them to actually learn about their own culture.



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