E-square Project KIDS WEB JAPAN

Co-operated by E-Square Project (The successful project of 100 Schools Networking Project),
and JIN (Japan Information Network).

This is links, which is mainly about an information-oriented education and introduction of Japanese culture.
It is purpose for introduction an information-oriented education, Japanese culture, history etc. from overseas access. And we are planning for a useful page to find partner of school exchange from Japan, to announce the introduction of each school.

Current topics and reports
International Activities
Exchange for schools and children
Japanese School activity
Japanese School Project
Educationally related organization
Introduction to Japan
Government pages

Current topics and reports

Results of a survey of information technology education in schools (by Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture)
This is the findings of a survey of information technology education in public schools for the year 1999.
For further information, please download PDF file.

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G8 Education Ministers' Meeting and Forum (2000) (by Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture)
It is a report about G8 Education Ministers' Meeting and Forum by Monbusyo(Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture).

The Current Status of Information Technology in Education (1999,MITI)
For further information, please download PDF file.

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Overview of Information Technology in Education (1999,MITI)
For further information, please download PDF file.

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MITI's Proposal for Educational Reform (1999,MITI)
For further information, please download PDF file.

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Statistical data (by Monbusyo)
These are statistics of number of shools, students and teachers etc.

Management and Coordination Agency : Statistics Bureau & Statistics Center
It is by Statistics Bureau & Statistics Center, Management and Coordination Agency Government of Japan

Japan 2000
A well-respected data book on Japanese social and economic statistics.
Keizai Koho Center(Japan Institute for Social and Economic Affairs) provides publications and research for people outside Japan to deepen their understanding of Japan's industry and economy.

International Activities

Internet Classroom Project (by Akatsukayama High Schhol)
This site is organized by students of Akatsukayama High School in Kobe.
There are many useful material for students. For example, you will know kotowaza(oroverbs) in USA, Korea,Russia etc. not also in Japan.

Asian Highschool Students Interenet Exchange Program (by Tokai Schoolnet)
This is report of Internet Exchange Program in Asian High School.

Me & Media - 2000 (by Doshisya International Jenior High School & High School)
This is student projects of Doshisha International. This class focuses on exploring media from many perspectives and on creating media ourselves.

KIDLINK (by Kidlink)
It is for global networking for youth through the age of 15.

Kids' Space (by NTT East Co.)

You can find Email pen-pals from all over the world, you can ask other kids questions on the net, you can register your home page URL at the kids village, you can share your site reviews, and you can do much more!!

Information Initiative Okinawa (by Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications)
This initiative, whose main theme centers on how the Internet can be used for the future of children worldwide, begins with an awareness of the need to create social structures that will support children's use of the Internet. At the same time, recognizing the rapid spread of the Internet within and among schools, it also experiments new forms of how teachers can use the Internet in the class.

ThinkQuest@JAPAN (by ThinkQuest@JAPAN)
The ThinkQuest Internet Challenge is an international program for students ages 12 through 19 that encourages them to use the Internet to create information-rich Web-based educational tools and materials.
This US site is here.

WNN (Nature) (by NTT-X)
The "NTT World Bird Count" project, which provides not only the fun of birdwatching, but also the opportunity to become more aware of the wildlife's plight, is introduced. You can see the results of past NTT World Bird Count.

Exchange for schools and children

Kids' Space Penpal Box (by NTT East Co.)
You can find a pen-pal by using Penpal serch or boxes.

Kids Media Club (Kids Media Club Top Page) (by KIDS MEDIA CLUB)
You can register your data to find a pen-pal. And you can send a postcard via Internet. It is called Virtual Greeting e-Card.

Japanese School activity

Konet Mainichi School Newspaper (by Konet : NTT East Co. and NTT West Co.)
You can read a popular Japanese Internet School Newspaper. School Newspaper is made using the information-gathering network and editing abilities of members of the Students Newspaper production section at the Mainichi Newspapers.

Search for Japanese School Pages (by Konet : NTT East Co. and NTT West Co.)
You can search for Japanese schools and know their activities from English-written web sites.

Japanese School Project

100 Schools Networking Project (by CEC)
We explain about The 100 School Networking Project which began in 1994.

Overall assessment report Achievements and Issues(1998) (by CEC)
It is contents of Overall assessment report Achievements and Issues in 1998.

Bringing the Future to Our Classroom (by CEC)
This report summarizes the outcome, based on actual research, of the 100-School Project and New 100-School Project (1994-1998)
For further information, please download PDF file.

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Media Kids (by GLOCOM Web Editorial Team)
Media Kids is a project sponsored jointly by the Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM) and Apple Japan. Presently, 52 schools that are ranging from elementary to high schools, are participating in the project with approximately 3000 participants. Financial support is provided by over ten corporations.

Educationally related organization

JAPET is Japan Association for Promotion of Educational Technology. It is a non-profit corporation approved by Monbusho.

Child Research Net (by Child Research Net)
This is a reserch site for the future of kids.

Introduction to Japan

Overview of Japan

Japan Information Network (by JIN)
This is the window introducing Japanese information. You can get information on such fields as general information, politics, economy, science, nature, arts, history, education, transport, society, culture life and other things of Japan.

TOWNPAGE (by NTT Directry Services Co)
This page is a yellow page of Japan including information on culture, foods, area, business and othet useful information for foreigners to live in Japan.

Kids Web Japan (by JIN)
It is a site that introduces Japan to schoolchildren aged between 10 and 14 who live in other countries.

Kid's Window (by Stanford University and NTT)

NTT Japan Window (by NTT Multimedia Communications Laboratories, Inc. )
This is link to useful sites, for examole, Kids, Technology, etc.

Japan Travel Updates (by JNTO)
Japan National Tourist Organization has established in 1964 to further international exchange through tourism. You will know all about Japanese, Japanese people, travel and much more.

Japanese Culture

Sumo wrestling (Japanese National Sport) (by NTT-X)
This Site introduces all about Ozumo such as the history, rules or culture fully to beginners. Please visit here for your guidance of Ozumo bouts or further understanding of Ozumo. You can see the real movie of the grand Sumo tournament.

Traditional Craft (by NTT-X)
The main Japanese traditional craft industries recognized by the The Association for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries are presented. You can touch the art and beauty in Japanese tradition.

The National Museum of Ethnology
The National Museum of Ethnology, or 'Minpaku', was established in 1974 to provide the general public with in depth information on people, societies and cultures throughout of the world.

It is a monthly magazine covering all aspects of Japanese Tea Ceremony. It explains its history etc.

The Japanese Writing Tutor
This site help you to practice writing Japanese, Katakana, Hiragana and Kanji.

Nihongo Paku Paku
You can learn some Japanese on this site. It teaches greeting, writing etc.

Japanese History

National Museum of Japanese History
The National Museum of Japanese History, popularly known as the REKIHAKU, was inaugurated in March, 1983. It is Japan's only nationally operated museum of history.

Tokyo National Museum
Tokyo National Museum serves to pass on the nation's cultural assets, which are the property of all citizens, to future generations in the best possible condition.

Kyoto National Museum
The Kyoto National Museum was established as an national institution for the collection and preservation of cultural properties.

Nara National Museum
The Nara National Museum was established in 1895 and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1995. From the beginning, the museum has been committed to the preservation, research, and surveying of art and antiquities from Nara.

Japanese life

Since June 1995, the Environment Agency has encouraged elementary and junior high school age children to set up "Junior Eco-Clubs" nationwide. The purpose of the Club is to raise the environmental consciousness of children so that they will be responsible for society in the future. You can see the activity of children to protect the environment.

Topics from Prefecture (by NTT East Co.)
This page guides items of Community-Web, informing Japanese history, culture and tradition of 47 Japanese prefectures. Information is renewed constantly.

Houing'98 (by Akatsukayama High Schhol)
It explains about typical Japanese room, statistics on owning a house or condominium in Japan etc.

Outline Of Tax Administration (by The National Tax Administration)
An Outline of Japanese Tax Administration explains the present state of our tax administration, and provides an overview of organization and activities based on the latest statistics. It has been published yearly since 1968. The National Tax Administration (NTA) was founded as an external organ of the Ministry of Finance, 50 years ago, in 1949 to assess and collect internal taxes.

Japanese Industry and Economy

A well-respected data book on Japanese social and economy (by Japan Institute for Social and Economic Affairs)

Arts (Museum)

Museum Information Japan (by DAI NIPPON PRINTING CO., LTD.)
You will know an information about museum of various areas in Japan.

Ukiyoe-Gallery (by Nagoya Broadcasting Network)
Ukiyo-e woodblock prints is traditional. It provided the people of Japan's Edo period (1603-1867) with a huge amount of mundane, but highly valued.

Shunsen Atr Museum
It is an information about Shunsen Art Musuem which is located in Kushigata-Town, Yamanashi Pref. Japan. It is opened in January 1991 as the result of a rural development project grant. And now it is presenting a collection of the works and documents of Shunsen Natori a native artist known as the last postwar master of kabuki ukiyoe woodblock prints.

Internet Shodo (Calligraphy)
You will learn how to write hiragana by using moving pictures.

Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (by The University of Virginia Library Electronic Text Center and the University of Pittsburgh East Asian Library )
Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, also called Hyakunin Isshu, is an anthology of 100 poems by 100 different poets. The poems are all "waka" (now called "tanka"). Waka are five-line poems of 31 syllables, arranged as 5, 7, 5, 7, 7. The waka represented in Hyakunin Isshu were court poetry, which almost exclusively used the waka format from the earliest days of Japanese poetry until the seventeen-syllable haiku came into prominence in the seventeenth century. On this site it is translated in English. Then you will know their pronunciations and meanings.


Wonder of Asia (by NTT-X)
The wonder of nature and culture of Asia with lots of visual images is shown. You will surely discover the unknown charm of Asia.

Government pages

Japanese Ministries and Agencies (by JETRO)
This is links to Japanese Ministries and Agencies.

Japanese Local Government (by JETRO)
This is links to Japanese Local Governments.

Trade, Economy, Science and Others (by JETRO)
This is links to Trade, Economy and Others.


National Astronomical Observatory (by NAOJ)
The National Astronomical Observatory Japan was founded in 1988. It provides advanced observational facilities to researchers from throughout Japan as the Inter-University Research Institute for astronomical research in Japan.

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E-square Project
The "E square" is a square in cyberspace that is designed for education. The capital "E" in this project name stands for two adjectives -- "educational" and "electronic."

Japan Information Network
JIN is an an abbreviation for Japan Information Network.


@The CEC was set up in order to promote the use of computers in school education in Japan, particularly in elementary and middle schools, and is under the joint control of Ministry of Education,Culture,Sports,Science and Technology(MEXT) and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry(METI).

CEC English Home Page Last updated 20 September 2000

CEC represents 3 projects, Konet Project, JIN and E square.
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