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FY2015 NIER, Seminar on Educational Facilities Research


Finland has one of the world’s most advanced education systems. In 2000, it incorporated the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act into the Basic Education Act, enabling children enrolled in special needs education classes or schools to participate in ordinary classes to the extent possible in accordance with their capabilities. Japan also ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in January 2014, and the Act on Promotion of the Elimination of Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities enters into effect on April 1, 2016. Under this new Act, the national and local governments, etc. will be legally required to give rational consideration to persons with disabilities. We are therefore organizing a seminar in FY2015 to learn from Finland’s advanced inclusive education experience. Mr. Reino Tapaninen, a specialist in school architecture and Chief Architect at the Finnish National Board of Education, Ms. Aya Watanabe, an associate professor of Tsuda College specializing in research on Finnish educational policies and systems, and Mr. Jun Ueno, a prominent researcher in the field of school architecture and president of Tokyo Metropolitan University will be invited to participate.

Basic information

Date January 20, 2016  13:30~17:00 (Doors open 13:00)
Venue Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Auditorium No.1
(3-2-2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; East Wing 3F, Central Government Building No. 7)
*We will stop accepting applications when the maximum capacity is reached.
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Host National Institute for Educational Policy Research
Support Architectural Institute of Japan


13:30~13:35 Opening Remarks

Tatsuya Otsuki / Director-General,
National Institute for Educational Policy Research

13:35~14:35 Speech 1

Finnish Inclusive School Architecture
Chief Architect, Finnish National Board of Education
Mr. Reino Tapaninen

14:40~15:40 Speech 2

Finnish Inclusive Education System
Associate Professor, Tsuda College
Ms. Aya Watanabe

15:55~16:55 Speech 3

Creating Schools for Extending the Features of Inclusive Education in Japan
President, Tokyo Metropolitan University
Mr. Jun Ueno

16:55~17:00 Closing address

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