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Sachiko Kitano

In: The SAGE Handbook of Outdoor Play and Learning

Chapter 40: The Benefits of Children's Outdoor Free Play Activities: Examining Physical Activity in Japan

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The Benefits of Children's Outdoor Free Play Activities: Examining Physical Activity in Japan
The Benefits of Children's Outdoor Free Play Activities: Examining Physical Activity in Japan
Sachiko Kitano
JAPANESE REGULATIONS CONCERNING OUTDOOR PLAY ACTIVITIES: THE CURRICULUM

In Japan, two ministries and a Cabinet Office oversee early childhood education because there are three main different types of institutions. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) is in charge of Yochien (kindergarten), which according to Japanese laws is a school for children between the ages of 3 and 6 years. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) is responsible for Hoikusho (daycare centres), which is a child welfare institution for children between ...

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