Students and teachers from different schools across Tokyo met on the 23rd of June at Junten, where the students spoke about the future of Japanese education, possible improvements to the education system, as well as the general future of Japan.
Before the scheduled program started the Chief Marketing Officer of Seigakuin, Yoshihiro Koura, sat with the students, who were already engaged in discussion about these issues. They exchanged ideas and information from which they had prepared for the forum. The students displayed curiosity and enthusiasm about the topic.
Atsuo Nagatsuka, the principal of Junten, kicked off the event with by announcing the schedule and purpose of the event. He then followed with a presentation and slideshow which everyone intriguingly followed in the basement of Rikenkan. To encapsulate the theme of the forum, Mr. Nagatasuka quoted Alan Kay, an American computer scientist: “The best way to predict the future is to invent it”.
Following the discussions, each student got to present his or her conclusion for everyone at the event. The students each spoke about their topics as everyone listened attentively. The speakers were not afraid to speak up and criticize the school system. Many relevant ideas and topics were brought up, such as changing the competitive mindset between students as well as between schools, how Japan can adapt for the future, and what teachers should do to contribute. Each student was greeted with applause for his or her impressive speech.