State of Japan
I just had a short meeting with lab-mates in English. Once a week we meet to discuss a topic in English (meant to improve their English…). The topic this week was our impression before and after entering Oita University.
I didn’t really know how Japanese university students life is, but from the discussion I found out how Japanese students are beginning to drop in their dilligence. To enter a certain university there’s still that fierce competition, but it’s not as fierce as before and anyone who wants to go to college can get one. Another case is that many Japanese students enter university because others want to enter them. They currently lack (in their opinion) dreams, and purpose of studying because of their already strong economy and enjoyable daily life (as students). After the tiring exam, the students lack that motivation to study and strong will.
In the middle of the meeting I got to ask my Sensei (really out of topic) about universities in Japan, their students, and somehow got to the condition of Japan as a whole country. Turns out the low birth rate causes problems for the nation. The smaller young generation have to support the increasing old generation. The decreasing number of young people is shown by how competition into the universities is not that strict anymore. Also about how 60% of Japan’s food needs is imported and that’s why Japan needs to sell its advanced technologies in order to survive. My sensei even spoke that in the near future Korea and China can surpass Japan’s economy because its students are now left behind by those dilligent Chinese students spread around the world.
So friends at Indonesia, we can also do something to make our country better. I’m sure that a nation’s future is in the hands of the young generation…