The mass media is placing much emphasis on Liberal Democratic Party chief Shinzo Abe’s hawkish and neoconservative plans for Japan if he becomes prime minister, but it seems there has been little or no mention of his plans for educating Japan’s young.

We can look back to his ideas and plans when he was prime minister the first time (2006-2007); I believe nothing has changed since then. At a recent dinner party attended by friends deeply involved with education in Japan, including two university professors, a senior high school principal, a kindergarten director and three teachers from junior and senior high schools, the main topic was the envisaged danger to all levels of education should the LDP, and thus Abe, succeed in the Dec. 16 Lower House election.

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