Students have the rare chance to see Japan’s legislature in session

Students from Bapi Ghosh’s Japan Studies class visited the National Diet (Japan’s legislature) and had the rare opportunity to discuss contemporary Japanese topics with Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan.


Japan Studies students in front of the National Diet building

Students prepared questions in advance on a range of current and historical topics. Mr. Kan was very impressed with some of the sharp questions our students were asking. We walked through the Diet, bumping into many of the leading politicians of the nation as they took us through maximum security.


We had the opportunity to speak with Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan (center)

We also had the rare opportunity to see the House of Representatives in session! Over 400 top level politicians were passing bills, enacting law as they made decisions on very important topics, some of which we discussed earlier in class. It was truly a powerful experience watching Democracy in practice. (Bapi Ghosh, HS Social Studies)