The Season of Challenge

After the new year’s celebration, January in Japan turns to the harsh season of entrance examination. From high schools to universities, from junior highs to high schools, or to junior high, elementary school or even kindergarten, which are on private fund and expected as “traditional” or “giving higher education.”

I have some young friends who are to take the exam for the high schools.
They seem to be under the heaviest pressure that they ever had in life.

It is said, because of decreasing population of the youth, the entrance exams have become much easier than before.

But the anxiety and pressure of the candidates are always the same.
Capacities the schools, levels of questions, they don’t matter – for the candidates, the possibility is always fifty-fifty: “success or failure.”
Keep on working, young people. I will do so too.


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