I am finally taking the plunge!
After writing many blog posts in my mind, it is time to get to work.
First of all, what will I be writing about?
For some years now, I have been conducting research on 学習塾 (gakushujuku) in Japan. These are for-profit, afternoon and weekend supplementary education institutions focused on primary and secondary school students, in common parlance, ‘cram schools’ (more on why I don’t use that term later).
Most of my posts will thus focus on the juku and the shadow education system that they form a part of.