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Start of school year hits parents in pocketbooks

Date Posted: 2003-04-12

Apr. 7 was the first day of the school year for most Japanese students. It was also the day many parents dread, as the beginning of the school year means mandatory purchases for the family's school age children.

These mandatory items include everything from school uniforms to knapsacks to student desks and sports wear. Parents of new elementary school children can expect to shell out at least 77,000 for these items by the day their youngster enters the school.

And as children grow it does not get any cheaper. Upon entering junior high school, new bags, school uniforms and sportswear are necessary. Price tag: 70,000 and up.

There is no recycling here. Everything is new and as children grow a new uniform is needed almost every six months. And these expenses do not include the cost of private tutoring after school. Most Japanese school children go to a private school where they study -- often until 9 or 10 p.m. with only one goal -- to get admission to a good university.

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