Trains are crowded in April, when a new fiscal year starts.
Companies give training to new employees in Tokyo before they send them to local cities, so trains and subway are more crowded than usual. Crowded trains make me think the Japanese school system)
In Japan, kids are taught to study, and go to good schools and work for big companies (I am generalizing this for this discussion. There are many different ideas)
So good life for kids to be ‘happy’ is to study hard, go to good high schools and enter prestigious universities. Then work for big companies. Prestigious universities include Tokyo, Kyoto, Keio, Waseda etc. Big companies are Mitsubishi, Mitsui, Toyota, etc.
This is still what many parents believe in. Kids may be different.
What do I think of this idea ?
I don’t like it at all, LOL. There are many ways to be ‘happy. ‘ They can work for a favorite thing. They can create own companies. They can pursue own interests. Maybe they can be major league baseball players to earn more than $400 million))
Besides, you can challenge things in Japan. Even if you failed, you could survive and ‘live’ in Japan. (Japan is a safe country relatively, as you may know and the welfare system also assures ‘life ‘)
So you can challenge and pursue a different life with a reasonable insurance.
Having said that, I think you can take advantage of the Japanese school system.
It is an insurance.
I know some Tokyo University grads. They say if people study for three years very hard, they can enter Tokyo University. I believe it is true. If you have a Tokyo Uni diploma, you can use it as an insurance to get a job and wait till you find your ‘dream’ job. Or you can have a reasonable job that may not be a perfect job, but assures a reasonable life.
Three years might be long for a16-year old kid who wants to have social life, but still be good investment that will pay off. You get a long term insurance.
It is difficult. ( I was not able to do that ! No patience for three years.) That is what companies value when recruiting students. Patience and persistence.
I mean :
there are many intelligent students who, if they study, are very difficult to beat. But they might not study and do something else. So other students who may be ‘average or less’ have chances. Even I had a chance as an ‘average’ student but with no patience!
Speaking of Ichiro, a baseball player who retired this year at the age of 45. He practiced baseball for 364 days a year as an elementary school student. Only one day rest )) It is far more difficult to be a great baseball player than to study for three years.
Again, I was not able to do so. My high school years were not productive and not challenging. So I have a respect for students who continued one thing for three years.
Whether they managed to take an advance of the system or not, they are now commuting on the subway. Crowded subway. With me) It is a spring and I usually revisit this thought)