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International Review of Education

, Volume 50, Issue 2, pp 119–140 | Cite as

Koreans in Japan: A minority's Changing Relationship with Schools

  • Kaori H. Okano
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Abstract

Koreans form the largest ethnic minority group in Japan. The present study explores the situation of Korean pupils in Japanese schools by analyzing recent changes in four areas:(1) governmental and school-level policies, (2) school-level programs targeted at Korean children, (3) Korean pupils' academic achievements and (4) their micro-level encounter with schooling. It shows that Japanese schools are now more willing to accommodate special needs of Koreans in mainstream schooling and that Korean students experience schooling more positively than was the case in their parents' generation. The study argues that their relationship with Japanese schools has undergone a significant transformation at least partially because of such changes, even as the shifting nature of the relationship has a long-term influence on Koreans' beliefs about schools. Central government policies are seen as having adjusted in reply to existing school practices, themselves representing a response to classroom reality and local civil movements.

Keywords

Ethnic Minority Academic Achievement Central Government Student Experience Ethnic Minority Group 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kaori H. Okano
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Social SciencesLa Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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