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IN 05/15/99)13 Such a unilateral decision-making style runs the risk of failing to secure the necessary cooperation of the staff in a Japanese context. But what prevents this strong-willed president from being perceived as too dictatorial is his long-term vision and willingness to take risks, which seem to command respect from his staff. When I asked Ms. Kozue, a veteran Japanese teacher who has seen the evolution of the immersion program from its inception, what she liked about working at Nichiei, she thought about it for a moment and then said: That the president likes new things?
According to these models, schools inculcate in students skills, knowledge, and attitudes commensurate with the culture of the kind of workplace they would encounter in the future: The educational system helps integrate youth into the economic system, we believe, through a structural correspondence between its social relations and those of production. The structure of social relations in education not only inures the student to the discipline of the work place, but develops the types of personal demeanor, modes of self-presentation, self-image, and social-class identifications which are the crucial ingredients of job adequacy.
However, many South American families, despite their intention to return home in the near future, are prolonging their stay in Japan, turning into de facto permanent residents. If the children attend ethnic schools, the possibility of their advancing to Japanese higher education is virtually nil, and they do not learn enough Japanese to participate fully in Japanese society (Ishikawa, 2005; Yamawaki, 2005). International school education The children of Western diplomats and business executives who are transferred to Japan predominantly attend international schools.