IJSSH 2014 Vol.4(1): 74-82 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2014.V4.322

The Search for Educational Betterment in a Foreign Land: A Study of the North China Japanese Elementary School Principals’ Conference

Mizuno Norihito
Abstract—Education for their children is one of the greatest concerns today among overseas Japanese residents, and so it was for overseas Japanese residents in the pre-Second World War period. Overseas Japanese educational institutions are faced with various problems today, as they were in the pre-war period. In 1926, the principals of the Japanese elementary schools, who were scattered across the Northern Chinese provinces, gathered in Beijing for the purpose of discussing educational and management issues. This marked the inauguration of the North China Elementary School Principals’ Conference, which took place irregularly in different locations until the early 1940s. This article attempts to clarify what issues the conference discussed and how it tried to cope with them for the betterment of the education for Japanese children in a strange land.

Index Terms—Japan, history of education, sino-japanese relations.

Mizuno Norihito is with Akita International University, Akita-shi, Akita 010-1292 Japan (email: nmizuno@aiu.ac.jp).

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Cite:Mizuno Norihito, "The Search for Educational Betterment in a Foreign Land: A Study of the North China Japanese Elementary School Principals’ Conference," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 74-82, 2014.

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