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About the Procedures on Scholastic Support

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~Submission of “My Number” will be required from April, 2019~

To apply for the following, submission of “My Number” will be required: “High School Tuition Support Fund (Koutougakko-tou Shugaku Shienkin)”, “Supplemental Scholarship Fund (Shougaku no tameno Kyufukin)”, and "Enrollment Incentive for Students of Schools for Special Needs(Tokubetsu shiengakko no jidouseito ni taisuru Shugaku Shourei-hi)”.

◆ High School Tuition Support Fund

  • A grant-type system where the state supports high school tuition fees, etc.
  • Intended for standard households with an annual income of less than 9.1 million yen
    (The sum of the prefectural and the municipal tax (per income basis) is less than 507,000 yen)
  • Apply at the school where you are to be enrolled.
  • The tuition support fund will be received by the school and will not be paid to the parents or guardians. (In the case of private schools, handling of the fund may differ depending on the school).
☛Regarding High School Tuition Support Fund (Multilingual)
                  

◆ Supplemental Scholarship Fund (Supplemental Scholarship Grant for High School Students)

  • A system that supports educational expenses other than high school tuition fees (repayment not required).
  • All households exempt from paying prefectural and municipal tax (per income basis) are eligible for application.
  • Parents or guardians should apply in the prefecture where they reside (Those enrolled in schools in Shiga Prefecture should apply at their school).
  • As a general rule, the parents or guardians will receive the grant (In the case of private schools, handling of the fund may differ depending on the school).
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Info: Regarding High School Tuition Support Fund・Supplemental Scholarship Grant for High School Students
(Public schools) Shiga Pref. Board of Education High School Education Division ℡ 077-528-4587
(Private schools) Shiga Pref. Department of Genenral Affairs Private School・University Promotion Division    ℡ 077-528-3271

◆ Enrollment Incentive for Students of Schools for Special Needs

  • A system that provides part or all of the expenses necessary for enrollment to a special needs education school in accordance to the income status of the household.
  • Parents or guardians of students in special needs education school are eligible to receive this benefit.
  • Apply at the school where one will enroll.
  • In general, parents or guardians will receive the school enrollment financial incentive.
Info: Educational Bureau of Shiga Pref. Board of Education Special Needs Education Division  ℡ 077-528-4641
*The telephone numbers listed here corresponds only to Japanese language.

What is “My Number” (Individual Number) ?

  • ”My Number” is a 12-digit number designated to each and every registered resident in Japan.
  • Individual number (“My Number”) may be confirmed in your “My Number” Card, “My Number” Notification Card and in the Certificate of Items Stated in Resident Register.
  • Please consult with your local municipal office in case you lost your “My Number” Card or your “My Number” Notification Card.
☛For more info. regarding “My Number” (multilingual)

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Learning / Playing Groups for Children

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Name of Group: Japanese Language Class for Children (Kodomo no tame no Nihongo kyoshitsu)
    Details: Supports learning, pre-school children, leisure activities (from 4 y.o. to 6th grade in elem. school)
    Venue: Nagahama City, International Cultural Friendship House “GEO”
    Date / Time: Saturday 15:00-16:00
    Inquiries: Nagahama International Friendship Association (NIFA)
           ℡: 0749-63-4400
           nifa_info@ybb.ne.jp
Name of Group: Hikone UNESCO Association (Japanese Language Class for Children)
    Details: Learning support, Japanese language learning
    Venue: University Satellite Plaza Hikone (Al Plaza Hikone 6th flr.)
    Date / Time: Sunday 10:00-16:00
    Inquiries: Hikone UNESCO Association
           ℡:0749-24-7974
Name of Group: World Amigo Club
    Details: Learning support, Japanese language training, providing a place where children can stay
    Venue: Omihachiman City, Kaneda Community Center
    Date / Time: Saturday 10:00-12:00 summer vacation (4x), winter vacation (once)
    Inquiries: ℡:080-3834-8095
           world.amigo.club@gmail.com
Name of Group: Kan-chan no chiisana ie (“Kan-chan’s little home” )
    Details: Consultations about learning, learning support
    Venue: Omihachiman City, Kan-chan no chiisana ie
    Date / Time: Upon request
    Inquiries: ℡:090-3708-3315
           srmq61299@nike.eonet.ne.jp
Name of Group: Higashiomi Amigo Kyoshitsu
    Details: Japanese language learning, learning support, Japanese culture
    Venue: Higashiomi City, Heart-pia Yokaichi
    Date / Time: Saturday 14:00-16:00
    Inquiries: School Support Regional Headquarters (Lifelong Learning Division, Higashiomi City Board of Education)
           ℡: 0748-24-5672
Name of Group: Classes on South American Languages Camino Kyoshitsu Caminho Kyoshitsu
    Details:
    Native language classes:
    1. Spanish
    2. Portuguese
    Venue: Konan City, Mito Machizukuri Center
    Date / Time:
    1.Saturday 10:30-12:00
    2.Saturday 9:30-11:30、11:30-13:00
    Inquiries: Konan International Association
           ℡: 0748-71-4332
Name of Group: Camiyando
    Details: Japanese language learning, learning support
    Venue: Konan City, ERUDI
    Date / Time: Monday / Wednesday 19:00-21:00
    Inquiries: ℡:090-1338-3350 (Mr. Kise)
Name of Group: Club for Children “Tampopo”
    Details: Learning support for jr. & sr. high school, native language (Portuguese) training (mainly for elementary school students)
    Venue: Kusatsu City, Jinken Center
    Date / Time: Wednesday 17:00-19:00
    Inquiries: tampopo@digibo.tv
Name of Group: Hiyori-terakoya Otsu
    Details: Learning support, measures to be taken in passing an entrance examination
    Venue: Otsu City, Seta Community Center (2nd floor)
    Date / Time: Saturday 10:00-12:00
    Inquiries: hiyori_o2@yahoo.co.jp

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Educational Funds

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Are the educational funds ready for your children’s enrollment? If educational funds are insufficient, aside from bank loans, you can borrow money using the following system.
(Generally includes permanent residents, spouse or child of Japanese, spouse or child of permanent residents, long-term residents)
▲When availing of loans and scholarships, make a payment plan that will not be a burden on you!
 

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Enrollment Allowance

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Japan Finance Corporation (Nihon seisaku kinyuu kouko)
    (The length of study is generally 6 months or longer, educational facility for junior high school graduates or above).
  • Payment period: whenever necessary
  • Interest: with interest
  • For Inquiries: National Education Loan ℡ 0570-008656
  • Japan Finance Corporation (Nihon seisaku kinyuu kouko)
Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) (Nihon gakusei shien kikou)
Special increase in student loan during admission.
    Increasing the student loan in the form of a lump sum on the month of admission. For those who applied to the “National Education Loan” but were unable to avail of it. (university, junior college, vocational school)
  • Payment period: after enrollment
  • Interest: with interest
  • For Inquiries: The senior high school where one is enrolled at, the school where one graduated from.
  • Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Special increase in student loan during admission
Labor Bank or Worker’s Credit Union (roudou kinko or roukin)
Loan system for the required fund during admission.
    A loan given until JASSO’S “Special increase in student loan during admission” is granted to the scholarship candidate.
  • Payment period: before enrollment
  • Interest: with interest
  • For Inquiries:  Kinki Labor Bank (Kinki Roukin) ℡ 0120-191-968
  • Labor Bank or Worker’s Credit Union
Prefecture, Social Welfare Council of Municipalities, Living Welfare Fund, School Entrance Preparation Expenses
Prefecture, (Otsu City residents should apply in Otsu City.)
Fatherless Family, Motherless Family, Widow’s Welfare Fund Loan

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Scholarships

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Although recruitment of scholars in each university is commonly held after admission in April or May, some universities recruit for reservation scholarships before admission. Therefore, you should collect information on scholarships as soon as you have decided on which school you want to study.
At the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), aside from “loan-based” scholarships (with interest and without interest), there are also “grant-type” scholarships for outstanding students who are in an economically difficult situation.

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Certified childcare center

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Facilities that combine the functions of a certified childcare center, kindergarten and nursery school, divided into 3 categories, and application may differ for each.
  1. For children 3 years or older, who want to study until noon → apply directly to the school.
  2. For children 3 years or older, who wish to have additional hours of childcare until evening, aside from the hours of learning → apply at your municipal office.
  3. For childcare of children 0 to 3 years of age → apply at your municipal office.
*Starting October, 2019, the cost of kindergarten, nursery and certified childcare center for all children from 3 to 5 years of age will be free of charge. Residence tax-exempted households with children from 0 to 2 years of age will be free of charge (there is an upper limit for unauthorized facilities).

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Kindergartens and Day Nursery Schools

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Kindergartens are educational facilities for children from the age of three years to primary school age. Parents can choose a one-, two- or three-year program. Tuition fees are required for both public and private kindergartens
For information on entrance procedures, please contact
  • Public kindergartens : Local municipal board of education.
  • Private kindergartens : The office of the private kindergarten
Day nursery schools take care of children from birth up to primary school age if, for example, both parents work during the day. The tuition fee for public nursery schools is set according to the age of the child and the income of the parents or guardians.
For information on entrance procedures, please contact
The Juvenile Welfare Section of the local municipal office.

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Educational System

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The Japanese educational system basically comprises six years of primary school, three years of junior high school, and three years of high school, and two years of junior college or four years of university.

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Primary Schools and Junior High Schools

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Children of foreign nationals having a domicile in Japan are not obligated to enter Japanese primary schools and junior high schools. However, you can enroll your child/children in Japanese schools if you wish. Public schools require no tuition fees, apart from expenses for teaching aids and the like.
For information on entrance procedures, please contact
  • Public schools : Local municipal board of education
  • Private schools : The office of the private school

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中学卒業後の進路

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Academic/ career guidance -What are your plans after junior high school? (PDF)

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High Schools

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Students who wish to study at a Japanese high school must pass an entrance examination.
Eligibility
Those who are 15 years of age as of April 1 of the year of entrance.
Those who, in principle, have completed nine years of education abroad, or who have graduated or are due to graduate from a Japanese junior high school.
For information on entrance procedures, please contact:
School Education Division of the Shiga Board of Education Telephone : 077- 528-4573

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Universities and Colleges

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Students who wish to study at a Japanese university or college must pass an entrance examination. The entrance examinations for national, prefectural and municipal universities include tests by the University Entrance Examination Center and tests conducted by the individual universities. Most private universities and colleges conduct their own entrance examinations.

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日本留学総合ガイド

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外務省でウェブサイトを公開しています。