|Budget Amount *help
¥2,900,000 (Direct Cost : ¥2,900,000)
Fiscal Year 1999 : ¥900,000 (Direct Cost : ¥900,000)
Fiscal Year 1998 : ¥600,000 (Direct Cost : ¥600,000)
Fiscal Year 1997 : ¥1,400,000 (Direct Cost : ¥1,400,000)
The issue of Japanese returnees from a short stay in abroad has been discussed for a number of years. As a system, both out-going and in-coming students are now given special opportunities at Japanese schools in foreign countries and elementary schools through universities in Japan. Studies on this issue almost always focused on current problems that those students face both abroad and in Japan. However, the writer has paid attention to the point that the real meaning of their experiences of being educated abroad may be realized only after all their school life is over.
In order to clarify it in this research, those returnees who have finished their education were investigated by questionnaire and interview. Followings are findings through this research project.
(1) Students going abroad over 12 years of age experienced an extra-ordinary hardship when they started their education at non-Japanese schools. Particularly in the first year, they claim the difficulty they experienced would never be even imagined by parents.
(2) Students going abroad over 12 years of age never made friends with students of the host countries. They only escaped from loneliness by making friends, if lucky, with Japanese or other "foreign" students at school.
(3) Although they hated such experiences, when they look back their lives as adults, they are thankful to their parents for having given them such a special opportunity otherwise they would never have.
(4) Students who studied at Japanese schools abroad regret that they did not make better use of their opportunities of having been abroad.
(5) By the time of being adults, those returnees have reached the stage to positively accept their way of living as "returnees", being different from other Japanese without such experiences.