Children well-being in Japan~Happy children tend to become happy adults?~



According to the latest research of OECD, Childhood is a critical period for health and physical development, for social and emotional development, for behaviour formation, and for a range of other factors that help shape our prospects and well-being in later life.

People who had higher levels of emotional wellbeing during childhood and adolescence were more likely to report being satisfied with life when they reached adulthood.

In series program ”Let’s talk about Pax Japonica” we found that Japan is a country of high well-being level. Then how about children’s life in Japan? Are they enjoying a happy childhood? In Session 13 we will take a close look at this problem.

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If you have experience of living in Japan or watching Japanese dramas, you must have heard the word ”kyushoku”.

Kyushoku is lunch provided by the school system in Japanese elementary and middle schools. It is served at a specific time of day and the homeroom teacher and classmates all eat together. When the system was initially implemented, the objective was to improve nutritional health of children in the post-war period. Nowadays the kyushoku system also has the added purpose of teaching healthy eating habits and to provide better understanding and education of food culture.

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When and where did the Kyushoku Lunch Start?

What is the relationship between Kyushoku and Children’s well-being in Japan?

What is the project of “Kodomo Shokudo” and who are the targets of this project?

In the Session 13 Miss.Nakano and I will do in-depth analysis and try to find answers for these problems. Don’t miss the program (broadcast from every Wednesday Japanese ) and share your opinions with us at any time!