Huong Ngo

By Huong Ngo

LifeBuzz Staff

15 Japanese School Rules That Would Never Fly In America.

The most important responsibility children have while growing up is going to school to learn. Although children may groan about waking up early and doing homework, the education they receive in the long run will be worth it.

However, every learning environment is different. They each have their own set of rules that must be followed, some more strict than others. For example, Japan has a school structure very much different from America's. Here a few of their strict rules that you probably didn't know existed.

#1. Punctuality is important at any school.

But it is especially important in Japan. Students are expected to be at school at 8:30 AM sharp! If they come to school late more than 5 times, they're punished with cleaning responsibilities even earlier in the morning for an entire week.

#2. The students are the cleaning staff.

No janitors are needed here. The students in Japan take on the responsibility of cleaning up the classrooms, bathrooms and hallways. Their cleaning duties include dusting, mopping, and erasing whatever's on the chalkboard.

#3. Students eat in their classrooms.

Instead of going to a cafeteria, the students set up their own lunches in the classroom with their own place mats and dishes. Lunch is then served by either lunch ladies of the students themselves. Wasting food is not allowed, so they're required to eat everything on their plates!

#4. Swimming lessons are taken very seriously.

It's a part of the curriculum. Majority of the schools in Japan have their own swimming pool, where kids are required to learn how to swim a minimal distance. Students who fail must take training in the summer.

#5. Students aren't allowed to modify their natural physical appearances.

This doesn't apply to all of the schools in Japan, but a good amount of them. This means the students aren't allowed to wear makeup, colored contacts, hair dye, nail paint, or even groom their eyebrows.

Students aren't allowed to modify their natural physical appearances.

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