Japan is the only Asian country to have achieved the heights of progress and success that one comes to associate with the Western world right from the heyday of colonialism. It is the only country in that continent that matched the West in everything ranging from industrialisation to military might.
After the devastation it witnessed in the Second World War when it became the only nation to be ever subjected to an atomic bomb attack, it rose from the ashes to emerge as a colossal economic power that espoused pacifism.
India, on the other hand, was a colony of European colonial powers for a couple of centuries and has only recently come up as a major economic power boasting the fifth largest economy to Japan’s third.
However, Japan and India have links that go back centuries on account of the Buddhist faith which most Japanese people profess. That religion arose in India and spread out from there all the way to China and Japan.
In recent times when India liberalised its economy, the Japanese automotive majors like Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha and so on were the first ones to introduce world-class products to its consumers. Since then, Indian-Japanese economic cooperation has reached new heights with the total trade between the two nations touching $21.96 billion in FY 2022-23.
It is not surprising, therefore, that there are so many Indian nationals living in Japan. Many of them do so with their families including children. Not only is Japan a first-world country with a very high standard of living, but it also has some great international preschool and Indian high schools.
Some of the Indian International Preschools And High schools
1. Global Indian International School, Tokyo
Global Indian International School Tokyo is among Japan’s top K to grade 12 international schools. It offers its students cutting-edge infrastructure on its four campuses and its teachers are some of the most well trained and experienced.
Part of a global network of Indian international schools, GIIS Tokyo has earned a fair name for itself across expat communities living in Japan for the high-quality holistic education provided by it. The school attached equal importance to academics and a range of extracurricular activities to bring out the best in the students.
The school offers a wide range of international curricula including Global Montessori Plus, CBSE, Cambridge CLSP, Cambridge IGCSE, International Baccalaureate Primary Years, International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and International Baccalaureate Diploma Bridge Programme. The school not only boasts a great academic track record but its students are also known to obtain admission to some of the best colleges and universities anywhere.
2. India International School in Japan
India International School in Japan is an outstanding K to grade 12 CBSE school (Montessori method followed in kindergarten). With branches in Tokyo and Yokohama. It has the unique distinction of being the first and the oldest school meant to cater to the educational needs of the children of Indian expats living in Japan.
IISJ happens to be a MEXT-designated school accorded recognition by the Japanese Ministry of Education. The school has well-appointed campuses replete with science labs, libraries, gyms and playgrounds.
What’s more, the school places a lot of stress on acquainting children with technology from an early age which is exemplified by the fact that its students are taught computer science from grade 1.
The school boasts a stellar faculty that encourages the students to become lifelong learners. It is not surprising that the graduates of this school make it to the top colleges and universities across the world.
Japan and India are two of the largest economies in the world. Though the former is a first-world country and the latter an emerging third-world giant, there is a commonality of interest between the two nations that are bound by history, culture, economics and geo-strategic interest.
With the Indo-Pacific region being the most important part of the world and increasingly looked upon as the growth engine of the world economy, the importance of this partnership cannot be understated. An Indian high school is an important part of the emerging close partnership between two very significant nations in the Asian continent.
These schools provide world-class international education to not just Indian expat children living in Japan, but those of other expat communities as well. The combination of Indian excellence in academic matters, as well as the application principles of hard work, sincerity, innovativeness and the pursuit of excellence, make these schools truly exceptional in every sense of the term.
This is quite evident in the results obtained by the students of these schools with most of them going on to do very well for themselves in whatever they take up in life. Going forward one can expect these schools to continue playing a stellar role in shaping the destiny of Indian and other expat students living in Japan.