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Study Abroad: Education Sources: Japan

This guide is intended for a study abroad course at the College of Education.

Map of Japan

map of Japan

Travel Information

Natural Disasters

Japan is prone to several natural disasters and it is important to be prepared.

Visit Japan's Emergency Procedure Guide to know what to do in the case of a natural disaster. The guide is available in English and outlines emergency procedures for Japan's most common natural disasters: 

 Japan is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world. Be sure to be aware of the nearest evacuation shelter and route. Cooperate with local authorities. 

Japan goes through seasons of heavy rains, especially between June-July and September-October. During a typhoon, avoid going outside and pay close attention to weather reports.

Japan can experience heavy snow accumulation between December and March, especially in the Ishikawa and Hokuriku regions. Avoid driving when possible and carry a shovel with you when you do drive. 

The Japan Meteorological Agency provides an English website that has the most up-to-date natural disaster advisories. 

Finding More Resources in the Library Catalog

To find more information about the educational system of Japan, try these tips for searching the library catalog to find books, magazines or journals, DVDs, and many other resources:

Here are some keywords that may be useful in your search:

  • Education -- Japan
  • Education, higher -- Japan
  • Education -- curricula
  • Curriculum planning
  • Curriculum evaluation

Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

ministry of education, culture, sports, science and technology Japan


Background Information on Education System

For a brief overview of Japan's educational system and related topics, try the articles on Japan available through the library's reference collections:

These reports available from the UNESCO and the CIA also provide useful background information about Ecuador and its educational system:

The following books from the library's collection may provide further useful information: 

Cultural Norms

For information about cultural norms and traveling in Japan, try these resources: 

To find more resources, try searching using the following keywords:

  • Japan -- social life and customs
  • Japan -- guidebooks
  • Etiquette -- Japan
  • Visitors, Foreign -- Japan
  • Immigrants -- Japan -- Life skills guides
  • Intercultural communication