Sannenzaka Correspondence

Editors’ Diary 16/08/2023

In Japan, it is a well-known fact that university education schools were established by the GHQ, or the U.S. government, after the post-war period. This began during a time when the military police of the U.S. held significant power. This is true for education departments in all universities. Interestingly, while education departments still exist in Japan’s universities, the military police are no longer present.

I believe it’s worth considering a debate on whether a military police force should be established in Japan, although this perspective isn’t widely agreed upon. Of course, there is no need for them to be present haphazardly throughout the streets, much like in the case of the French Republic.

Although I am formally a graduate of an education department, I lack a comprehensive understanding of school education, even though I comprehend the history of institutions like the Royal Society, the Kaiser Wilhelm Society, the prestigious DARPA, and the allocation system for scientific research budgets. In graduate school, I am affiliated with the departments of law, political science, and economics. I cannot fathom the reasons behind this confusion.

Until the practice of open recruitment for job placements started in the 1970s, job placements for Japanese university students were predominantly carried out through designated school methods. Certain companies officially implemented methods, such as hiring a specified number of graduates from law and economics departments. There was a certain alignment between professorial content and employment. As a result, apart from a few cultural industries, the career paths for graduates from literature or education departments were highly restricted. Surplus personnel were naturally directed towards the education industry, giving the school education sector the function of quantitative adjustment for non-business graduates. The changes in the 1970s provided new opportunities for young people, but us Japanese hardly recall this recent history.

The profession of news reporting that I have chosen has historically been open to students from various fields, which is quite uncommon in this strange Japan world.

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