• Shigeo Hori
Part of the Lifelong Learning Book Series book series (LLLB, volume 22)


Since Japan is one of the top ranking ageing countries (those 65+ constitute 26.7 % of the population), this chapter first delineates ageing problems in Japan. Then historical background of older adult education is discussed from the contrast of the education stream and welfare stream. Next, some successful initiatives of older adult education in Japan are presented to include Kohminkan classes, large-sized Senior College, the senior targeted entrance exam of traditional universities, NPO Osaka Senior College, and library services for older adults. Finally, rationales and issues for promoting older adult learning in Japan are presented.


Japan Older adult education Senior colleges Kohminkan 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EducationOsaka University of EducationOsakaJapan

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