CHARACTER EDUCATION IN JAPANESE SCHOOLS A Model for Improving Character Education in Indonesia


Moral education in Japan will be a model for character educationin  Indonesian schools. It is undeniable that the Japanese moral education has played an important role in passing the noble values of Japanese culture to children, teenagers, and younger people. This research is based on  a research question, how the practice of character education in Japanese schools is. This is a field research with a qualitative research, that the data were collected in Japanese schools, by using observartion, interview, and document technique. Analizing them in this study is a deep descriptive analysis, and performed continuously both in the field and once in the field. The government of Japan alocated one hour  lesson for moral education for a week.  With the moral education, Japanese younger generation expected to be able to adapt to the social environment and have the ability to think, make effective decisions and act independently, and have  ability to identify issues they face, and be able to interact in the arena of international realations and play an important role in international world as well. Japanese moral education has been using the interactive and communicative approach, promoting moral discovery by learners themselves, avoiding the application of indoctrination approach, and no test or  final exam,  for every course of study in moral education (zero test).  And the most important thing is that moral education in Japan  applied an  integrated and connected approach among  three centers of education: school,  family, and  community environment.  All of the environments have important function as laboratory of  moral or character education