About 40 percent of those aged between 17 and 19 think sex education at school is useless, an online survey by the Nippon Foundation think tank showed Thursday. Almost one in four respondents said they have had sex, and three out of four said they were worried about sexually transmitted diseases. Nearly 90 percent feel contraception is necessary, according to the survey. In the survey conducted in October targeting young people nationwide, One female respondent said schools should explain more about the importance of contraception, while a male said the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases should be given more emphasis.
About 40% of Japanese teens say sex education at school is useless: survey
About 40% of Japanese teens say sex education at school is useless: survey | The Japan Times
In one particular textbook, for example, the sections about body development feature characters that are fully clothed, without any details about how parts of the body change. Many sex education programs also feature little to no facts about how reproduction works. Many countries use this guide as a standard for their programs. However, in a special needs school went beyond the national curriculum and taught its sex education program with dolls and songs. This incident led to disciplinary action from the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education. The effects of this case can be felt to this day, however. The BoE revised its sex education handbook to emphasize a very gradual approach to the topic, which may not cover critical information that students can benefit from.
Knowledge about sex and health is vital in order for women to live according to their own plans based on their own initiative. Although the national Government has policies in place that aim to enhance sex education throughout the general educational system, the way these policies are being implemented varies from region to region. This project highlights best practices in sex education projects lead by prefectural governments. The objective of this project is to contribute to the promotion of sex education within educational institutions throughout Japan through the wide sharing of these practices.
Sex Education in Japan. This is a page from a health and physical education textbook for third and fourth grade school students. Shown are a boy and girl, around age 10 and as adults. All are depicted wearing short-sleeved tops and shorts.