Knowledge about sex and health is vital in order for women to live according to their own plans based on their own initiative. Although the national Government has policies in place that aim to enhance sex education throughout the general educational system, the way these policies are being implemented varies from region to region. This project highlights best practices in sex education projects lead by prefectural governments. The objective of this project is to contribute to the promotion of sex education within educational institutions throughout Japan through the wide sharing of these practices. Information was first gathered from publicly available resources on the sex education projects being implemented across Japan. Interviews were then conducted over the phone with the people in charge of each project. An independent team selected the projects to be highlighted as best practices based on the criteria below. Lastly, face-to-face interviews were conducted with people from the governments of the following prefectures, which were selected as the places where the very best practices are being implemented in alphabetical order :. Background 1.
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In Dec. This reluctance to use grownup vocabulary when talking about sex is common in the media. Sexual squeamishness is not unusual, but when doctors avoid certain words you know the problem goes deeper. It added that it was permissible to discuss prevention of STDs, but not intercourse, birth control or abortion. The Adachi City Board of Education replied that there was nothing improper about the class or its content, and that the purpose was to help students avoid pregnancies, not encourage sexual activity. Adachi is one of the poorest wards in Tokyo. As one official pointed out, such a curriculum is important since teen pregnancies perpetuate the cycle of poverty. This conflict is pertinent in light of an education ministry survey the results of which were released on March
Sex Education in Japan. This is a page from a health and physical education textbook for third and fourth grade school students. Shown are a boy and girl, around age 10 and as adults. All are depicted wearing short-sleeved tops and shorts. What are the textbooks like in other countries and how do they handle sex education? Comprehensive sex education covers much more than just the subject of how the body develops.
FIVE year-old students take turns to give a three-minute presentation at Koishikawa high school in Tokyo. The first speaks about government services for pregnant women; next come the risks of childbearing for women older than 35, then the history of contraception, the morning-after pill and infertility. The teacher gives a brief outline of abortion law in Japan before turning to sexually transmitted diseases STDs , and the minute sex-education lesson is over.