In order to improve opportunities for lifelong learning, access to diverse types of learning, such as school education, social education, and home education is necessary. Therefore, MEXT, working to enhance the functions of facilities at the Open University of Japan, through which people can receive university education at home, promotes specialized training colleges that provide practical vocational education, and enhance libraries, museums, and community learning centers as sites for learning. In addition, MEXT administers the upper secondary school equivalency examinations that enable appropriate evaluation and utilize effectively what has been learned and holds the national lifelong learning festivals in order to stimulate individual interest in lifelong learning.

(Lifelong Learning Promotion Division, Lifelong Learning Policy Bureau)