- JTU President Kato paid a courtesy visit to Education Minister Hirano.
JTU President Kato paid a courtesy visit to Education Minister Hirano.
On April 25, following a change in the Central Executive Committee members for the new fiscal year, Mr. Ryosuke KATO (the President), Mr.Kiyokazu KONISHI (the Vice President), Mr. Yasunaga OKAMOTO (the Secretary-General), Mr. Hideyuki SHIMIZU (the Deputy Secretary-General), Mr. Masaki OKAJIMA (the Deputy Secretary-General), and Mr. Hidekazu KUSANO (the Deputy Secretary-General) paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Hirofumi HIRANO, the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
In the discussion, the Minister Hirano mentioned that education is extremely important from the perspective of nurturing support for the next generation, that the Ministry will work on promoting smaller class-size despite the financial difficulty, that actions addressing children-related accidents are necessary and that above all restoration of education in the disaster-stricken areas after the East Japan Earthquake and Disaster is crucial.
In response to the above points made by the Minister, JTU President Kato commented, "Rebuilding of education in the disaster-stricken areas is a pressing issue. Restoration of life of parents is a major challenge, not to mention the education issue. We JTU are eager to do what we can for the benefit of disaster victims. Also, education is work that requires a long-term commitment and dedication. We JTU aspire to keep on making concerted efforts for the cause of children."
At the end, the Minister Hirano articulated the Ministry’s resolution on working towards development and enrichment of education, with which the parties concluded the meeting.