Japanese junior high school students participating in sports at the lowest level, according to the survey


The expert says it’s time for a revision system.

Lots of Japanese kids can dream of becoming a professional footballer or baseball playerBut a new study shows that many people’s dreams can change once they reach junior high.

An NHK survey that looked at 29 types of sports teams in Japan found that membership of sports clubs or bukatsu in Japanese it is lowest ever in 37 prefectures. The national average is also the lowest – 59.6 percent. sports-related students bukatsu.

Some of the lowest membership rates were recorded in Nara Prefecture (only 50.7%), Nagano Prefecture (51%) and Fukuoka Prefecture (54%). But even prefectures with high membership rates in excess of 70 percent, such as Iwate Prefecture, are still at their lowest level compared to previous years.

▼ “No thank you, we’re going home.”

Experts say this could be for a number of reasons. The main one may be declining birth rate. Fewer students means fewer team members. This can lead to the minimum team size requirement for competitions not being met, or even to the disbanding of teams that cannot gather enough members for training.

Another factor may be the growing number of schools transition from compulsory to optional membership in line with the national student needs. Until recently, many schools required all students to attend one bukatsuwhich usually take place for several hours after school, at least several times a week, in some cases also on the weekend.

Internet users also joined their theories and reactions:

“Joining some teams can cost a lot of money and some coaches can go overboard.”
“That means less overtime for some teachers!”
“The next generation doesn’t look very promising.”
“Maybe they don’t want to play sports while wearing masks.”
“They should make it easier and more enjoyable by reducing bukatsu to just a few times a week, one hour each time.”

Professor Ryo Uchida from Nagoya Graduate University, an expert in bukatsusuggested revision bukatsu in general when it comes to sports. “I expect this trend to continuebut I also think it’s a good thing that sports teams accused of overdoing their training are being reviewed. “

In an era where everything is changing in Japanese schools, how loosening of the unified gender rulesfor many, this can be considered another sign of the times.

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Source: NHK by My Flash Game News

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