Last updated 2016-10-16



2011 April 1st.
The National Formative Education Union


An earthquake of unprecedented magnitude hit Eastern Japan in March this year. Since the earthquake, we have faced the most chaotic situation seen in Japan since the postwar period.
We are expressing our deepest sympathy for the many victims of the disaster, and all those who have lost their homes and livelihoods.
We are members of The National Formative Education Union who deal with art education at all levels, from kindergarten to university. We consist of art teachers who belong to kindergartens, elementary schools, junior high schools, high schools, colleges, universities or art museums. Generally, we teach *Art and crafts, Art, and Industrial art at all those places. Our activities can be found abroad and all over Japan. We encourage children through art education in order to enhance their creativity, expressive art talent, dreams and so on. We have been doing this for the last 64 years ever since the post war period. We have faced and overcome the crisis after the war and found peace and prosperity. We believe that together we can overcome this new crisis and learn from our experience.
Arts and crafts and Art, these creative activities empower and give hopes and dreams to people. They improve imagination and creativity, which have the power to create a new Japan. Therefore, we - schools and museums all over Japan - co-operate with each other in order to improve children's creative abilities and expressive talent. We strongly believe that our activities are helping to revitalize Japan.
The National Formative Education Union strives to continuously improve creative Art education for children. We believe in the creative power of Japanese people, and our activities are reaching more and more areas of Japan as time goes on.
※In Japan, “Arts and crafts” is not a general term. It specifically means elementary school art activities.