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December 05, 2009

Dramatic cuts in juku tuition fees

exam.jpegJukus in many provincial areas of Japan have been forced to make dramatic cuts in tuition fees. However, there are no signs of a similar trend in the Tokyo area. According to the Yomiuri Shimbun, it appears that 'tuition fee disparities between different parts of the country are getting more extreme'.

The Yomiuri reported that 'Hiroshima-based Oshu Co., which operates Oshu-juku cram schools in the Chugoku region, dramatically cut some of its tuition fees for middle school students this spring. The previous year's fee of 9,450 yen for a six-day course of three hours a day was slashed to 1,050 yen.'

Another example is in Shizuoka where 'Shuei-Yobiko, a major prep school chain based in Shizuoka, is offering temporary courses that include several days free of charge during the spring and summer vacation periods. The school also has sliced 30 percent off tuition fees for households that send a second student to a school that has been attended by a sibling.'

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