In order to foster richness of mind and socialization of youth, MEXT is implementing a variety of nature experience and other hands-on activities, supporting training instructors, providing opportunities for youths to join pioneering hands-on activities at national youth education facilities, and supporting international exchange activities and hands-on activities for children provided by citizens’ groups.

 In addition, MEXT is promoting countermeasures against harmful environments in cooperation with relevant government ministries and agencies and other institutions to prevent youths from becoming involved in crime through illegal or harmful information on the internet.

 Furthermore, MEXT is working on educational campaigns that highlight the importance of reading, centering around Children’s Reading Day (April 23), and making efforts to upgrade environments, so that children will voluntarily get involved in reading activities.

(Youth Division, Sports and Youth Bureau)