Yesterday, I met with a friend of mine who has been running a business in Shanghai for about 20 years and temporarily returned to Japan in September after overcoming some difficulties, and I
have received the current raw information from China.
What surprised me the most was the content of the title, but hearing directly from people who actually live there was a great shock.
Judging from China's many hostile words and actions in the past few years, I think it is possible, but it reminded me of the dark days of war when Japan also banned English as an enemy
2021 will be the start of China's decline for sure.
The following is an English translation of the attached Japanese article.
A female student reads a book in a classroom at an elementary school in Shanghai, China (CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images)
The Shanghai Municipal Education Commission has recently added "Xi Jinping Thought" as a compulsory subject in the city's elementary and middle schools, strengthening ideological education
for young people. At the same time, it decided to exclude English as a subject for the final exam in elementary schools. Against the backdrop of the prolonged confrontation between the U.S.
and China, some see this as a sign that the Xi Jinping administration is beginning to close the country off.
On April 3, the city's Board of Education promulgated a notice on curriculum planning for primary and secondary schools for 2021. The authorities stipulated that elementary school "subjects
for final exams in grades 3, 4, and 5 shall be limited to language and arithmetic" and that English be excluded.