Education in Japan, in a nutshell
At schools in Japan, they have four exam periods every year but the schools are so shite most kids go to cram schools to get a good enough eduction to pass their exams and get into uni. Some kids go to cram school (juku) from five years old.
Plus school clubs, English lessons, ballet lessons, flute lessons, piano lessons, etc.
To get into uni you have to pass a massive and tough exam that includes English (regardless of what you want to study)
but still most people can't speak English here. (Of course, for Eikaiwa (language school) teachers, like me, this is good. It means money for us!
Once in uni they spend all their time doing clubs etc and very little studying.
One student told me her son is doing a year of his law degree in the UK and was shocked that in the UK students have to actually work at uni. GASP!
Anyway, in their penultimate year, all uni students dress, in their identical suits, and go, with their identical answers(they have books giving them the answers they should give in interviews), one whole year before graduating, to heaps of interviews for jobs.
They have no idea before going if they will be given tests and, if they are to be given tests, whether it'll be a language test, maths test, personality test, etc.
the answers they give in their interviews are TIMED!
(not 'the interview is timed' but every answer is timed)
Is Japan trying to produce a nation of clones?
(All information above has been supplied by a variety of my students so, if it's inaccurate, stuff it. I mean, DO tell me!)