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International Journal of New Developments in Education, 2022, 4(16); doi: 10.25236/IJNDE.2022.041604.

Civic Education in Japan: Evolution, Practice and Its Review


Liguo Zhang, Yinghan Xi

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Liguo Zhang

Academy of the Zhonghuaminzu Community, Dalian Minzu University, Dalian, China


Civic education is an important element of modern nation building. The development of civic education in Japan has gone through four stages, culminating in the formation of a civic education orientation based on overall national identity. In 2018, civic education reform in Japan focused on promoting civic subject reform and accelerating innovation in curriculum, curriculum objectives, and learning methods. A rich activity-based curriculum system was established to strengthen community-engaged service-learning and hands-on learning through experiential teaching. Based on the cultivation of students’ subjectivity, dialogue, and deep learning abilities, a trinity of school, family, and society has been established as the model for civic education in Japan, and a new trend of education for sovereigns has been presented in the new era. In order to scientifically examine Japanese civic education, we should further strengthen the role of the “main channel” and “main force” in the curriculum and teachers’ moral education in promoting the construction of civic morality in China, give full play to the synergistic role of family education and social education, and actively promote national identity with rationalism and patriotism as the core. In addition, we will give full play to the synergy of family education and social education, and actively promote education on national identity with rational patriotism as the core.


Japan; civic education; schools; national identity

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Liguo Zhang, Yinghan Xi. Civic Education in Japan: Evolution, Practice and Its Review. International Journal of New Developments in Education (2022) Vol. 4, Issue 16: 16-26. https://doi.org/10.25236/IJNDE.2022.041604.


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