Students at the Japanese-language school Tokyo Nichigo Gakuin are encouraged to speak their minds, and to do so as fluently as possible.

The 15 foreign students -- all but one of whom come from China -- in one of the classes at this school in the city of Saitama are cramming hard for a standardized college entrance exam for foreigners held in June.

Teacher Tomoko Takemoto lectures in rapid-fire Japanese on a range of social and political reforms Japan experienced after World War II, including women's suffrage and the concept that sovereignty rests with the people.