Wanting to Help the Chinese Children That Come to Live in Japan! Helping to Create Support System Which Helps the Students Settle into Japanese Life!

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At the moment there are just over 740,000 Chinese citizens living in Japan, and year on year, this number is increasing.
With this increase of Chinese people means that there will also be an increase of young Chinese students.
However the children that come are faced with a number of large barrier to fitting into school, the Japanese language, as well as cultural differences and life style.
The parents that bring their children to come also have problems fitting into the culture after coming to Japan, so that when it comes to solving problems that the children face, they sometimes aren't able to come to a correct solution.
Therefore we looked at a way to help these Chinese students and decided on creating a special school or Juku to help grow these Chinese students and help them fit in!
In March, that focuses on helping these Chinese students with language, culture and social help. But we're reaching a limit with what we can do with our own personal money and we are therefore looking to crowdfunding to help support what we're doing.
We hope that you can help us hit our goal!
Thank you!

Isao Uno
Isao Uno

2019.11.11 All In,

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At the moment there are just over 740,000 Chinese citizens living in Japan, and year on year, this number is increasing.
With this increase of Chinese people means that there will also be an increase of young Chinese students.
However the children that come are faced with a number of large barrier to fitting into school, the Japanese language, as well as cultural differences and life style.
The parents that bring their children to come also have problems fitting into the culture after coming to Japan, so that when it comes to solving problems that the children face, they sometimes aren't able to come to a correct solution.
Therefore we looked at a way to help these Chinese students and decided on creating a special school or Juku to help grow these Chinese students and help them fit in!
In March, that focuses on helping these Chinese students with language, culture and social help. But we're reaching a limit with what we can do with our own personal money and we are therefore looking to crowdfunding to help support what we're doing.
We hope that you can help us hit our goal!
Thank you!

Isao Uno
Isao Uno

2019.11.11 All In,



The Increase of Chinese Residents in Japan

As of June 2018, there are 741,646 Chinese People living in Japan permanently or semi-permanently. As numbers have been growing each year, the number of Chinese children that are going to Japanese schools are also growing.

Furthermore, with the amount of teachers available, the Japanese government created a new type of visa in 2018-19.
But with this, it means that those coming in from other countries may bring their own children, increasing the numbers of children entering the education system.

The idea of ​​establishing such a cram school came from my wife, who took a job teaching Japanese to Chinese children as a part-time instructor in Koto Ward 16 years ago. This planted the idea that these types of schools are important.
Because of the school boards always being involved, schools find it hard to intervene in the cases of Chinese kids in Japanese schools, and the amount of paperwork that teachers have now means that they are basically becoming office workers. With this, the amount of teachers that are enthusiastic for helping even Japanese students is slowly decreasing.

Recently, due to the influence of friction between Japan and China and the prejudice of mass media such as television, there are many teachers who are prejudice towards Chinese children.


Japanese is said to be one of the most difficult languages ​​in the world. There are three types of writing system: hiragana, katakana, and kanji characters, (with kanji characters having two or more readings for times when they are used in place names and names, and compounds.


Chinese children are not inferior to Japanese children. They just can't keep up with classes because they don't understand Japanese. Most children can understand the content of each subject when it’s explained in Chinese.



Current problems

Currently, we have 4 students, that can spare very little money 2 boys (Junior High Grade 1 and 2) and 2 girls (Junior High Grade 2 ).

The Junior High Grade 1 boy is a student who couldn’t speak at all until he came to our cram school. Since he started attending the cram school, he started talking to classmates at school and smiling. Due to his family’s situation, being a family of five, it is uncertain how long he can attend the school.

The Junior High Grade 2 boy lives with their mother, taking care of their dogs and eating alone due to his mother working. Because of this, the also doesn't know how long he can continue going to school.

One of the two girls is from a family of just three, her mother and sister. Because she is supported by her mother, it’s tough and she might not be able to continue.

The other girl is a family of three, with her mum and dad. Her parents both work, and I think is in the best financial environment among the four. This child was given the advice to "go to cram school" so that she can understand Japanese and improve her grades.


At present, there are children who cannot attend our school because it is economically impossible to go to our school, and the number of classrooms and teachers in our school also means that we can’t teach more than 4 children at a time. It's a difficult situation.
In addition, since we opened the cram school, we are literally staying in the cram school daily because we are making teaching materials and preparing classes until late at night.



Looking at the children

As many of the teachers and skilled workers that come to Japan have children, it is those children that struggle the most, being thrown into a world that is completely different, and that has a language that they don’t know. With having the language barrier and cultural differences present, it’s hard for these children to fit in.

There are many cases where a child transfers to a year below their original grade, especially junior high school children.

When it comes to elementary schools, this isn’t a problem, with students overcoming the language barriers in a short amount of time, but as they grow older, it becomes significantly harder.

Junior high schools in Japan means a focus on entrance exams and with joining at say, second grade in junior high, it means that the students needs a mastery of Japanese in a year to take those exams as well as a comprehensive knowledge of the other subjects as well!
This is worse for High School as the entrance exams for Japanese Universities are exceedingly more difficult.

The Parents

The language barrier is also a problem for the parents as well. The parents that come over normally have no experience with Japanese, meaning in the case of absence from school due to illness or problems at school, it’s difficult to communicate.

Carrying on into career and university counselling, and school events, it’s difficult, but with the bureaucracy of Japanese schools, it’s nigh impossible for the parents to understand.

High school entrance exams are also a big sticking point, with parents not able to help consult on what they should do.

The point of view from the schools

At school, due to language barriers, it is difficult to give instructions to the children, to let them know what to be careful of, to be able to teach, but also to be unable to understand their feelings. This becomes a heavy burden on the teachers to communicate with children and to communicate with parents. However, the current situation is that they are unable to provide life guidance and explanation of courses as well as learning guidance.

In some schools, the Chinese student community is called “Chinese(in English rather than chugokujin in Japanese” due to differences in life and culture, and it can be seen as a discriminatory term.

I think this is an example of a lack of communication between students and teachers.

Aside from this, in schools with many children coming from China, it is easy to create a Chinese community, it is difficult for the school to teach, and there are many schools that are troubled and have many problems.

Creating a system that is smooth for incoming Chinese Students

When it comes to creating a support system, the coordination of parents, students, and teachers are needed. By creating this, the students can have the ability to learn and will have the support that they need. We wanted to create a school that can be a massive support for the families.
In one year or so, we teach the students not only basic Japanese Language, but also culture points, life and career guidance, as well as helping the parents, teaching them about the education policies in place in schools.

Carrying on this Cram School

Since starting in March, we are hitting the limit for what we can do with our own private funds, and so we are looking to crowdfunding to try and secure some backing for our school.

When in the lower grades of elementary school, students can quickly adapt to the Japanese language, but when they become junior high school students, they have to study Japanese of a higher level and this takes a considerable amount of time to learn.

For this reason, some students are giving up studying.

The range of things we can do with personal funds is narrow, but with crowdfunding we can do the following:

① Recruitment of students

Create a student recruitment flyer to recruit more students.

② More support for students

Some students are unable to pay tuition fees, and can’t continue to attend cram schools, and therefore are unable to receive guidance due to lack of tuition fees. If we can exceed the target amount of funding for this crowdfunding project, we can use it as an aid for these students.

③ Classroom expansion

Currently, we only have one classroom and it is not possible to increase the number of students. In order to increasing the number of students will need to expand the classroom and increase income.

④ Cost of instructor

Instructor costs are a large hurdle for us, and Japanese native level and as well as Chinese daily conversation level is required. In addition to this, we need the instructor to be able to teach 5 subjects (English, Japanese, Maths, Science, and Social Studies) that are junior high school student subjects. Therefore, it is necessary to be able to remunerate the instructor higher than the hourly wage of college students who work part-time at our cram school.

⑤ NPO incorporated

By overcoming these problems and becoming an NPO, it will be possible to recruit more students. In this crowdfunding, we are aiming to become a non-profit organization after getting the cram school on track and obtaining more funds.

What will the raised money be used for?

The main use of funds raised will be put towards running the cram school. These will be things such as :

①Creation and use of teaching equipment (Whiteboards/ printing materials)
②Teaching Materials
③Advertising for recruitment of students
④Instructor fees
⑤Other costs (such as transportation)

Final Message



I think that it was a little late to create this cram school, as if it was established earlier, we could’ve helped a lot more students that came to Japan. But thinking about the amount of students coming to Japan, it’s better late than never!
It doesn’t matter whether its a Chinese student or Japanese student, if the students finds it hard to create result, they become lost and give up on going to further education. With a language barrier this becomes much more of a reality and it’s a real struggle for any student that lives in Japan. I want to be able to help make this possibility as low as possible.
If we can bring in more staff that can teach on the junior high school level competently as well as help those that aren’t financially able, we can create a time where Chinese students that come to Japan aren’t hindered. With this in mind, we feel it is necessary to become incorporated as an NPO allowing for us to receive more donations and subsidies to help our children.
We hope that we can have your support for this project!
Thank you!

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    http://soko-sha.com/ Studied Chinese during school. At that time, there were not many people studying Chinese, but after the normalization of Japanese-Chinese ties, the interest in Chinese gradually increased. Meanwhile, in 1979 shortly after the end of the Cultural Revolution, he had the opportunity to travel to Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Lanzhou, Xi'an, Beijing, etc. During this time, it was impossible to enter China without the purpose and referrer. He was able to enter via Hong Kong and the time spent there became an incredible turning point.
    Since then, China was a country that they had a big tie to.
    Originally he wanted to get a job that took advantage of language, but eventually chose editor as a profession but later in life changed course to what he is doing now.

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