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It is false that Japan implemented a new education system with only 5 subjects called “Brave Change”

It is false that Japan implemented a new education system with only 5 subjects called “Brave Change”

July 11, 2022 11:29 am | Reading time: 1 minute
July 11, 2022 11:29 am
| Reading time: 1 minute

If you only have a few seconds, read these lines:

  • A publication is circulated on Facebook which claims that the country is implementing a new program in which only that number of subjects is given.
  • However, this is false as there is no public reference to any changes in the Japanese education system.
  • The last amendment implemented by this country was in 2006 following an amendment to the Basic Education Law.

Some viral posts spread on Facebook (see here y here) with a message stating that a “new education system” has started in Japan, called “Brave Change” or “Futoji no henko”, based on the educational programs “Erasmus, Grundtvig, Monnet, Ashoka and Comenius” and not there are only 5 subjects: business arithmetic, reading, civics, computing and languages. However, this is false as there is no public reference to any changes in the Japanese education system.

According to the official site of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, the last reform implemented by that country was in 2006 after an amendment to the Basic Law of Education and the subsequent reform of 2 educational plans, the primary level and the undergraduate level of Japanese education.

The Japanese government explains that this modification was made “with the desire to further develop the country’s democratic and cultural situation” and “contribute to world peace and improve the welfare of mankind.”

On this basis, in 2008 the Ministry launched the The First Basic Plan for the promotion of education, with the guidelines to achieve the objectives set out in the plan. In 2013, the second and in 2018, the in the third place.

This disinformation has also been verified by the AFP Factual fact-checking site, when a Japanese official claims he has never heard the term.

Also, document published in 2015 by that portfolio in which shows the outline of secondary school subjects more than 5 subjects are mentionedincluding: Japanese history, economics, physics, chemistry, arts and crafts, music, and sports.

In the same line, the official guide regarding the organization of the subjects he also mentions subjects such as world history, Japanese history, geography, calligraphy, crafts and chemistry, contrary to what the viral publication shows.

Japan is one of the countries with the best level of education in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), since it is in the first place of the international classifications of the PISA tests for more than 5 decades.

This check is part of the initiative Third party fact checker on Facebook in Argentina. In the case of photos and videos, we work with fake images or images taken out of context and we always analyze the images together with the text with which they were presented.

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