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A divided society in the making due to yawning education gap

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The government is set to adopt policy measures to make higher education more accessible to children of low-income families in an effort to smash the vicious cycle of poverty that transfers from one generation to the next.

Those deprived of higher education tend to fall into the poverty trap due to difficulties in securing stable, well-paid jobs. That, in turn, generally means that their offspring become mired in poverty as there is not enough money to spend on higher education.

The government’s basic economic and fiscal policy framework for 2018, to be endorsed shortly, will include a set of proposals to lessen the financial burden of education at universities, junior colleges and specialized training colleges for needy households.

This is an important and meaningful initiative to prevent the perpetuation of poverty. But the government should also take steps to support young people who opt to work instead of pursuing higher education.

In Japan, it is more likely than in other industrial nations that children end up with educational levels similar to those of........

© The Asahi Shimbun