Who we are To make our society a place
where children can live
happily as they are,
regardless of their background
Education A³ (Education A-cubed) creates an environment where equitable educational opportunities are available to "Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere" by making use of e-learning and other technologies.
What we tackle Educational Disparities caused by
Poverty and “Futoko”
We combat educational disparities resulting from child poverty and "futoko". The term “futoko” can be translated as school refusal, school phobia, absenteeism, etc. Nine years of compulsory education is available for children in Japan, but many children cannot go to school for various reasons and miss the opportunity to receive basic education.
Homeschooling and alternative schools are not common in Japan. There are private facilities called “free school” for children who cannot attend school, but the tuition fees are not reasonable in many cases. It is difficult for futoko children, especially those from families facing economic hardship, to access education outside of school.
This means the right to education is being taken away from futoko children through no fault of their own but due to their family’s economic hardship, developmental characteristics which do not match the standarized education system, etc.
A study by the Cabinet Office (2010) also found that the futoko experience has a significant impact on children’s life. The experience tends to influence their educational background, employment status, living standard, and marital status, according to the study.
Educational disparity resulting from child poverty and futoko is a structural problem in Japan. We aim to solve the problem to make the society a place where all the children can truly receive equal education.
Child Poverty in Japan (Under 17 years old)
Reference: National Survey of Basic Living Conditions, 2019 (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
Number of Futoko Children
Reference: Survey on Problematic Behavior of Children, 2021 (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)
Average Percentage of Correct Answers in 5th Grade Japanese by Household Income
Less than 2,000,000 yen 56.9%
15,000,000 yen or more 77.3%
Reference: A Survey by Ochanomizu University
Futoko children who are isolated from society
36.3% of futoko children
Reference: “Survey of Children with a Tendency to Not Attend
School” (Nippon Foundation)
The quality of education and the opportunities to access to education differ among children depending on their family environment or developmental characteristics. This disparity limits children’s potential and options to study.
To make a society where
children can live happily as themselves
To provide equitable and quality
educational opportunities for anyone
|Education A³ (Education A-cubed)
|1-19-33, Nokata, Nishi-ward, Fukuoka, Japan
|August 2, 2013
|Articles of Incorporation
Board Members and Advisors
Associate Certified Fundraiser
President and CIO of Alternative Investment Capital Limited
Former Director of Shugakukan
Managing Partner of
Ant Capital Partners Co., Ltd.
Social Impact Assessment coordinator
Representative Director of YOUI, inc.
Attorney at Law of
City Lights Law
Certified Public Accountant /Tax Accountant of
Yamamoto Certified Public Accountant Office
What we do Alternative schools for children
who cannot choose to study at “school”
“Study Place”, operated by Education A³, is alternative schools offering safe and comfortable studying environment for any children. We use ICT (Information and Communication Technology) to provide a customized curriculm based on personalized learning to support children acquire knowledge and skills necessary to survive in a VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) world.
We also offer a scholarship program which allows all the children to study in Study Place regardless of their economic situations.
We use ICT to provide personalized learning environment. Students can study at their own pace according to their goals, academic levels, etc.
the VUCA Era
We provide a variety of learning and experiencing opportunities for children. It enables them to acquire knowledge and skills they will need in the new era.
Tuition Fee and
We offer a scholarship program for children from economically challenged backgrounds to ensure equal access to education for anyone.
- We use ICT to provide personalized learning environment. Students can study at their own pace according to their goals, academic levels, etc.
- We provide a variety of learning and experiencing opportunities for children. It enables them to acquire knowledge and skills they will need in the new era.
- We offer a scholarship program for children from economically challenged backgrounds to ensure equal access to education for anyone.
DONATION Join us to support children’s future
We are looking forward to your support to expand alternative
schools as another option to study outside of school in Japan.
Together with us, let's bring children opportunities to study and
achieve a society where children’s futures are not determined by
their birth or raised environment with us.