Following his teacher's instructions, 7-year-old Eita slid out of his chair, tidied it up and then — in front of his fellow group members and teachers — said a few words about his performance during an after-school programming class he attended in April.

Eita and two other boys were learning the basics of coding by collapsing blocks in a computer game.

"This game, it was really interesting. Eita Ide," he said with confidence.