Rin and her randoseru.
So now we know how much it costs to buy a randoseru for elementary school children, I thought we'd look at how much it costs to send children to school in Japan.
Kindergarten (3 years - public): 729,962 yen
Kindergarten (3 years - private): 1,611,457 yen
Elementary (6 years - public): 2,003,070 yen
Elementary (6 years - private): 8,240,327 yen
Junior High (3 years - public): 1,414,387 yen
Junior High (3 years - private): 3,800,593 yen
High School (3 years - public): 1,561,758 yen
High school (3 years - private): 3,131,439 yen
Total for all public (15 years): 5,709,177 yen
Total for all private (15 years): 16,783,816 yen
University is not compulsory but for those wishing to go would spend an average of 5,000,000 yen for the 4 years.
And then there are International schools. Many gaijin comrades prefer to send their kids to a school where there are other gaijin and the way kids are taught is different from the standard - this costs them 2,500,000 yen each year. I knew somebody at Microsoft who went back to Seattle because he didn't want his kids brought up on Japanese education but could not afford the annual fixed cost of that 2,500,000 yen.
Back in the UK, I remember all of my schooling being free - even university back then was free - to top that off, they even gave me money each term to help with my studies. I remember buying a 600 pound VCR which could play PAL and NTSC VHS tapes - NTSC needed to watch the Japanese videos.
I heard things are not so rosy in the UK now and that they charge for university? I took a BA at London University SOAS.
So what is it like in your region then? Does it cost a bomb to send kids to school or is it free?
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