For large numbers of school students in Japan school has become a battle field. Recent violent events in schools, together with increasing drop-out rates and bullying are undermining stereotypes about the effectiveness of the Japanese education system. This incisive and original book looks at Japanese high school from a student perspective and contextualises this educational turmoil within the broader picture of Japans troubled economic and political life.
'I recommend this book for reading by everyone who hopes to understand what Japan will be capable of achieving through its education system in the 21st century.' - Katalin Ferber, Shizuoka University of Art and Culture
'This is a book I have been waiting for - as a teacher as well as a scholar - for a long time.' - Japanese Studies, Vol 20, No.1, 2000