Film Screening Tour Planned to Promote Night Junior Highs

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Tokyo, Sept. 8 (Jiji Press)--A group of former teachers and students of night junior high schools in Japan are planning a national tour to screen a documentary film, in an effort to promote the establishment of such schools around the country.

To be shown is the film "Konbanwa II," directed by Yasuyuki Mori. It depicts students and alumni of night schools in the Kanto eastern region and the Kansai western region.

A ceremony to mark the launch of the tour will be held in Sapporo in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido on Oct. 5, and the group will tour all 47 prefectures over a year.

Night schools are increasingly in demand among foreign residents and former truants in Japan. A body of teachers promoting the spread of night junior high schools estimates that there are more than one million people who have not adequately received compulsory education in Japan, which covers up to the third year of junior high school. However, many of these people do not know the existence of night schools or cannot commute to such schools due to the distance.

"After arriving in Japan, I had lost my reason to live because I could not read or write in Japanese," Kurishuna Ito, a 47-year-old former Cambodian refugee who appeared in the documentary, said at a press conference in August. "By learning (in a night junior high school), I was able to enter the world of work."

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