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Q & A on Homeschooling in Japan — Part 1
KnoK NEWS e-newsletter
2000

Greetings all, in these final days of March! In this debut edition of KnoK NEWS, we get down to some basics of homelearning in the Land of the Rising Sun: What is learning at home like in Japan? What kind of people are doing it? Why? And how many?

We hope to answer a few of these kinds of questions by way of a two-part Q & A list compiled by a Japanese homelearning parent, Tomiko Kugai. The beginning portion of this list was originally compiled in 1997 by Ms. Kugai to introduce the homelearning environment to the slowly (but steadily) rising number of Japanese families seeking alternatives to school. With Ms. Kugai’s cooperation, KnoK NEWS has recently expanded, updated and translated that original Japanese Q & A list into English so that families in and out of Japan may get a clearer idea of what’s happening — and what’s at stake — in the world of Japanese homelearning today.

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• Index of Past Essays •

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CONCERT WAKES UP KANSAI | Japan Anti-Apartheid Committee - Tokyo newsletter

1989

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BOOK REVIEW: ‘Kaffir Boy in America’ | Japan Anti-Apartheid Committee - Tokyo newsletter

1989

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APARTHEID IS HERE TO STAY UNDER DE KLERK’S ‘NEW ERA’ | Japan Anti-Apartheid Committee - Osaka newsletter

1989

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AN INTERVIEW WITH… VUSI KHUMALO | Japan Anti-Apartheid Committee - Osaka newsletter

1990

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MANDELA IN JAPAN | Japan Anti-Apartheid Committee - Osaka newsletter

1990

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AFTER MANDELA | Japan Anti-Apartheid Committee - Osaka newsletter

1991

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1997

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HIGH DRAMA OF INJUSTICE IN KABUTOYAMA CASE  | Asahi Evening News (unpublished)

1998

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SAYONARA, SCHOOL…HELLO, HOME LEARNING | Live & Learn newsletter

1999

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COMPASSION  | Kansai Time Out magazine

2001

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WHO WAS MAKIGUCHI?  | The Education Revolution magazine

2002

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IRAQ WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL HELD IN JAPAN  | Independent Media Center

2004

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IRAQIS TESTIFY AT WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL IN JAPAN  | Independent Media Center

2004

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AN APPEAL FOR ARTICLE 9  | Independent Media Center

2005

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AMERICA’S ‘PEACE SOLDIERS’  | アメリカの市民生活』

2005

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「愛国心」に隠されているもの | 条連ニュース

2006

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憲法9条に向けたアピール | 条連 近畿 10年の歩み』

2006

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THE DAY THE FOREIGNERS LEFT | (unpublished)

2008

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WAR IN IRAQ — ‘We Don’t Do Body Counts’  | Days International (unpublished)

2011

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「空飛ぶ恥」オスプレイ | 条連ニュース

2013

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ONE SIMPLE BREATH ・ 最期のひと息 | A Voice for Animals newsletter

2015

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