Tokyo Chinese School

Tokyo Chinese School (TCS) is a Chinese International school in Gobanchō (五番町), Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan.[1] The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) accredits the school.[2]

Tokyo Chinese School
Tokyo Chinese School
Tokyo Chinese School
14 Gobanchō, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 102-0076
〒102-0076 東京都千代田区五番町14番地
Tokyo Chinese School
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese東京中華學校
Simplified Chinese东京中华学校
Japanese name

Originally established in 1929 as an elementary school for Overseas Chinese, its operation now follows the education system of the Republic of China (Taiwan), and provides education for students ageing between 7 and 18.


Historically the school was located in Yotsuya.[3] Around 1984 the school built an office building that was rented to Japanese companies, generating revenue for the school.[4]

In a 2008 The Japan Times article Liu Chien Cheng, the head of the school, said that she saw an increase in applications "over the past two or three years." She did not state specific numbers.[5]


As of 1989 the school had audiovisual language education, cooking, and music facilities. A renovation of the school building, funded by loans from a Japanese bank, occurred in 1984. Cecilia Chang of Taiwan Today wrote in 1989 that "The newly refurbished school building has facilities far superior to most similar institutions in Taiwan."[4]


As of 1989 in most classes the school uses Taiwanese textbooks. In arithmetic and natural science the school does not use Taiwanese textbooks. The school has social etiquette classes. The school has Mandarin, Japanese, and English classes, and Cecilia Chang stated that the school had an emphasis on language education.[4]

Student body

As of 2003 it had 352 students.[2] As of 2008 most students are from Taiwan or China, and about 33% of the students are from Japan. As of the same year 80% of the students who graduate from the school attend universities and colleges. Most students go to Japanese universities. Some students go to Taiwanese universities and some go to universities in other countries.[2] As of 1989 several Taiwanese students have parents who are taking graduate courses at Japanese universities; they will return to Taiwan once the parents finish their studies.[4]

Teacher demographics

Teachers at this school have higher salaries compared to the salaries found in most Chinese schools outside of Greater China. Most teachers have master of arts degrees as of 1989. Some teachers have PhDs as of the same year.[4]

See also

Japanese international schools in Taiwan, Republic of China:


  1. Home page. Tokyo Chinese School. Retrieved on March 8, 2015. "〒102-0076 東京都千代田区五番町14番地"
  2. Gottlieb, Nanette. "Japan: Language Planning and Policy in Transition." In: Kaplan, Robert B. and Richard B. Baldauf. Language Planning and Policy in Asia: Japan, Nepal, Taiwan and Chinese characters (Language planning and policy). Multilingual Matters, 2008. ISBN 1847690955, 9781847690951. Start: 102. CITED: p. 133.
  3. Maher, John C. (1995), "The Kakyo: Chinese in Japan", Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 16 (1–2): 125–138, doi:10.1080/01434632.1995.9994596 - (published online 14 September 2010) CITED: p. 132. "The comparative distribution of Chinese to Japanese language classes can be seen in the following data taken from the Tokyo Chinese School in Yotsuya (Table 4)."
  4. Chang, Cecilia. "Making It In Japan" (Archive). Taiwan Today. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China, July 1, 1989. Retrieved on March 9, 2015.
  5. Terada, Shinichi "More parents send kids to Indian, Chinese schools" (Archive). The Japan Times. Sunday December 28, 2008. Retrieved on March 26, 2009. Alternate link

Further reading

(in Japanese)

Not available online:

  • 張 建国. "Looking at the Future of Japanese Education System : From the Present Situation of Tokyo Chinese School" (東京中華学校の現状から日本の教育の明日を考える (特集 華人とは誰か : 教育とアイデンティティ)). 華僑華人研究 (8), 49-54, 2011. 日本華僑華人学会. See profile at CiNii.
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