Are Japan’s slack students letting down its universities?

Only one Japanese university, Tokyo, shines bright in the global education league. 

Many others are alleged to be weak intellectually and reluctant to dismiss even the laziest of students.

In Japan’s tough education system and work culture, university offers a rare opportunity for personal freedom.

So are some students slacking off their studies, knowing that college offers their last chance for liberty?

Find out more about Japan’s higher education system on this week’s Japan Story blog.


Japan Story’s blog is written by former BBC Tokyo Correspondent Duncan Bartlett. Each week he analyses how Japan’s story is being told to the world through the international media.