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Efforts to boost Japan’s birth rate have not yielded significant results, and the country is faced with the challenge of sustaining a financially active workforce that can support its population.

The newest Global Schools Foundation school in Japan, One World International School Osaka is bringing the International Baccalaureate curriculum and skill-based activities in art, sports, music, and language. The new school is also set to partner with Ikuno Ward, a step that they hope will help reinvigorate the local economy.

Japan’s Immigration Services Agency plans to revise its guidelines to improve job opportunities for foreign vocational school graduates, putting them on an equal footing with university degree holders. This move aligns with the government’s goal to increase the domestic employment rate of foreign graduates to 60 percent by 2033.

Japan creates a heavy workload for teachers, elementary schools typically employ a single teacher per classroom who is responsible for teaching four main subjects—Japanese, mathematics, science, and social studies—as well as other topics like ethics, physical education, calligraphy, and foreign languages.

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