Promotion of children's reading activities

Laws and plans concerning promotion of children's reading activities in Japan

last update:2016.8.3

Date Major Movements in Japan
March 27, 2015 Support plan for the promotion of children's reading activities 2015 formulated
June 27, 2014 School Library Law amended (Act No. 93 of 2014)
May 17, 2013 Third Basic Plan Concerning the Promotion of Reading Activities by Children approved at a Cabinet Meeting
March 29, 2011 Second Basic Plan for the International Library of Children's Literature formulated
September 1, 2010 Support plan for the promotion of children's reading activities 2010 formulated
2010 National Year of Reading
November 18, 2008 Kokumin Dokushonen Suishin Kaigi(Conference on Promotion of National Year of Reading) inaugurated
Jully 1, 2008 Basic Plan for the Promotion of Education approved at a Cabinet Meeting
June 18, 2008 Act on Promotion of Distribution of Specified Books, etc. Used as Textbooks for Disabled Children and Students (Act No. 81 of 2008) promulgated
June 11, 2008 Library Act amended (Act No. 59 of 2008)
June 6, 2008 Both Houses of the Diet adopted resolutions on National Year of Reading
March 2008 Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) announced the new Courses of Study.
March 11, 2008 Second Basic Plan Concerning the Promotion of Reading Activities by Children approved at a Cabinet Meeting.
July 2007 Special division on Japanese language of the Central Council for Education mentioned reading activities as an important item to teach in Japanese language education.
June 27, 2007 School Education Act, Act on the Organization and Operation of Local Educational Administration, Education Personnel Certification Act, and Special Act for Education Personnel revised
February 2007 Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) established a new five-year plan for school library development.
December 22, 2006 Basic Act on Education revised (Act No. 120 of 2006)
April 2006 National Institution For Youth Education established
July 29, 2005 Act on Promotion of Character-and Type-culture (Act No. 91 of 2005) promulgated and enacted
March 2005 Report of the Board of Inquiry on Expansion of Library Services of the International Library of Children's Literature submitted
September 2004 Board of Inquiry on Expansion of Library Services of the International Library of Children's Literature inaugurated
February 2004 Report of the Council for Cultural Affairs "Japanese-language proficiency required in future ages" submitted
April 2003 Zenkoku Dokusho Festival (All-Japan Reading Festival) first held
January 2003 Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) issued an announcement about appointment of teacher-librarians.
August 2002 Nihon Chugoku Kankoku Kodomo Dowa Koryu (Exchange Program of Children in Japan, China and Korea Featuring Children's Stories) first held.
August 2002 Basic Plan for the Promotion of Reading Activities for Children approved at a Cabinet Meeting
May 5, 2002 International Library of Children's Literature fully opened
April 2002 Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) established a five-year plan for school library development.
December 12, 2001 Act on Promotion of Children's Reading (Act No. 154 of 2001) promulgated and enacted
April 2001 Bookstart Shien Center (Bookstart Support Center) established.
May 5, 2000 International Library of Children's Literature partially opened
January 2000 International Library of Children's Literature established
2000 National Year of Reading for Children
June 11, 1997 Japan School Library Association designated June 11 as School Library Day.
June 11, 1997 Part of School Library Law amended, promulgated and enacted.
1996 Gakko Toshokan Seibi Suishin Kaigi(Conference on Promotion of the Development of School Libraries) inaugurated
1993 Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) set up a five-year plan for school library development.
March 29, 1993 Ministry of Education (now MEXT) announced standard collection sizes for public school libraries.
May 22, 1991 Japan School Library Association adopted Gakko Toshokan Kensho (School Library Charter).
1974 Japanese Board on Books for Young People (JBBY) established
November 1959 Dokusho Suishin Undou Kyogikai (Council for the Promotion of Book Reading) established
May 1959 Book Reading Week for Children first held
August 8, 1953 School Library Act (Act No. 185 of 1953) enacted
April 30, 1950 Library Act (Act No. 118 of 1950) enacted
February 1950 Japan School Library Association formed
November 1947 The first Book Reading Week held
March 31, 1947 School Education Act (Act No. 26 of 1947) enacted
March 31, 1947 Basic Act on Education (Act No. 25 of 1947) enacted