The costs of public and private education in Japan have reached new highs

The costs of public and private education in Japan have reached new highs
The costs of public and private education in Japan have reached new highs
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01/25/2023

Although education is becoming more affordable for everyone in Japan, the costs of private education are much higher, with private primary schools about 5 times more expensive than public schools for the same grade.

Total average costs per child receiving a private education for 15 years of schooling — including tuition and remedial school expenses — in Japan reached a new record of 18.4 million yen. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology calculated this figure for the period of schooling from the time a child enters kindergarten at the age of 3 until they graduate from high school at the age of 18, based on a survey it conducted in 2021. This number was more than 3 times the cost of attending public schools alone among These two ages its costs also reached a new high of 5.7 million yen.

For children attending a mix of public elementary and/or middle schools and private middle and/or high schools, the amounts parents paid for schools—including tuition fees—remained roughly the same as in the previous survey. It was the increase in the supplementary tuition fees paid to the remedial schools that led to the increase in the total costs.

There was a particularly notable gap between the costs of public and private education at the primary school level, with the latter being 4.7 times more expensive.

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The difference in annual tuition costs between public and private education

Prepared by Nippon.com Based on data from the 2021 survey conducted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology on children’s school costs.

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Extracurricular activities costs by type of school

The survey on tuition costs has been conducted every two years since 1994. However, there was a three-year gap before the 2021 survey as the 2020 survey was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Documents related to the survey were sent to 53,000 parents of children attending 1,600 kindergartens and schools across Japan, and 27,000 valid responses were received for the study.

(Originally written in Japanese, translated from English. Banner photo courtesy of Pixta.)

Poverty, higher education, Japanese education

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