The Role Of 'Juku' In Japanese Society

Riso educational group Ethics Charter

The Riso group promise to contribute to the society by following the next 10 principles as a well corporate citizen with great ethics and pride. Our group will do so in order to let the dreams of children and parents come true with the education best suited for each and every student.

1."All is for the children's future"

We will work very hard in order to make great future for children, by having a clear grasp of needs and wants of children and their parents, always trying to make the quality of education the best it can be, and quickly adjust the way business work goes in order to meet the desire of children and their parents.

2."Contribution to the Japanese culture of education and the Japanese society"

We will work hard in order to contribute to the development of the Japanese culture of education and the Japanese society by participating in social contribution activities as a well corporate citizen, let alone contributing for the making of children’s future in many ways.

3."Environmental conservation"

Having "Being tender to the beautiful earth and to the people" as a fundamental slogan, we will cope with the environmental problems positively, the problem we all face today.

4."Respect to one's dignity"

We will work hard to manage the work environment where employees can work with their creativity by respecting one's dignity, and keeping an organization where the best use of one's ability can be actualized.

5."High transparency for corporate management"

We will keep high transparency for corporate management by releasing corporate information adequately at right moments.

6."Management prioritized on Corporation Compliance"

We not only comply with social rules and law, but also deeply realize the responsibility that is being demanded from the society. We practice fundamental morality, and by fair competition and management, we will aim clean corporate development.

7."Strict administration of Personal Information"

We will protect the information of the customers and will not leak or use information for false purposes.

8."Rejection of Anti-Social Movements"

We will not relate, and also aim complete rejection of Anti-Social Movements.

9."Common understanding towards the Ethics Charter and the creation of an organized corporate structure"

We listen to all the stake holders and aim to achieve common understanding toward the Ethics Charter. We create firm corporate structure by reflecting the principles written in the Ethics Charter.

10."Our Basic Attitude"

If one goes against this Ethics Charter, the managers will make active moves in order to find appropriate solution to the problem and to eliminate any possible risks of recurrence. If a problem happens, we perform quick and full disclosure to the society and give strict punishment to the one concerned.

"Juku" Schools Arose from an Education System that Overemphasizes Academic Abilities

In Japan, education was traditionally considered the foundation of industrial development. For 50 years following the end of World War II, emphasis was placed on education that. would uniformly raise the level of education for all Japanese citizens.

In the Japanese education system, which emphasizes uniformly high "academic abilities" rather than the "individual," academic tests are conducted in each course as students for move from elementary school to junior high school, high school, and university. The students' success or failure is determined by the results of these tests.

One consequence of this approach was that students who only attended regular school classes could not achieve the test results required to attend a school with a high "deviation value." This led to the development of "Juku" schools: private learning establishments that could offer students the skills required to succeed in school entrance exams. There are various types of Juku schools, including group study Jukus where one teacher instructs many students, and private study Jukus in which classes resemble home tutoring.

New Demand for Jukus that Respect Individuality

Society has now become aware of the negative effects of excessive competition and overemphasis on preparing for exams. Many people have come to question whether driving children to study at the expense of sports and other leisure activities - particularly when these children are at such an impressionable age - is truly beneficial to their future.

Even now, however, entrance exams tend to emphasize deviation values and academic performance.

What Japan needs right now is education that will allow students to succeed in exams while still respecting their individuality.

Riso Kyoiku Co., Ltd., which operates the "TOMAS" private study Jukus, has maintained the same basic philosophy since its establishment: "Students' individuality, and individual differences, are infinite. True education - ideal education - is capable of responding accurately and appropriately to those individual differences."

Students at TOMAS pass entrance exams for the most demanding schools, while maintaining a healthy balance between studies and non-academic activities. This is because TOMAS offers one-to-one instruction, in which each student is taught by one instructor in each subject, based on a personal curriculum created to suit each student's individual academic needs and abilities.

TOMAS maximizes the merits of scale achieved by the Riso Kyoiku Group, which includes four subsidiaries - Nihon Edunet, Meimonkai, Shingakai, and School Tour Ship - to provide educational services with a focus on "the individual". In the future, we will continue to offer our unique brand of "Comprehensive Lifestyle Information Services."