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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Study Abroad: Education Sources: Japan

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

Travel Information

The U.S. Department of State provides information on traveling to various countries, including passport and visa requirements.

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: 

  • Earthquakes:  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. 
  • Typhoons: 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.
  • Heavy Snow: 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:

  • Start with our local online library catalog to search the 14 million volumes we have on this campus.
  • In addition to these resources, you can connect to over 70 other libraries in Illinois using the I-Share catalog and request books be sent to you.

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

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology is Japan's Ministry of Education. Their website provides many useful resources. The website can easily be viewed in English by choosing "English" on the top of the page. 

  • Education Overview
  • Education Statistics
  • Higher Education
  • Students


Background Information on Education System

For a brief overview of Japan's educational system and related topics, try these articles available through the library's collections. The first article is available in print in the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library's reference collection, and the second is available online.

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

  • World Data on Education: Seventh Edition 2010-2011 
    This publication from UNESCO's International Bureau of Education provides detailed information on the education systems of 163 countries worldwide, with an emphasis on curricula and curriculum development processes.
  • CIA World FactBook: Japan
    For more general information about the country of Japan, try the CIA World Factbook. This resource provides information about the geography of the country, including natural hazards. Some educational information is included underneath the "People and Society" section.


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 in the library catalog, 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