Saturday saw the opening of Kaiyo Academy in Aichi Prefecture, a boys-only boarding school modeled on Britain’s exclusive Eton College. The elaborate ceremony welcoming around 120 students from all over the country, many of whom will be molded into future leaders of Japan. Or at least that’s the aim.
School principle Takeo Izuyama told the gathered throng, “What is important for one to become a leader is to establish his or her individual identity.” Student representative Taiki Aoyama – a regular fun-loving 12-year-old by all accounts – responding in kind by saying, “We will study Japanese history and culture and will make efforts so that we can play an important role in the global community with confidence and pride.”
Yet whilst the overall curriculum at Kaiyo Academy may differ slightly from that of Eton, several house masters assured parents that rugby is compulsory, as will be the time-honoured public school traditions of group masturbation and buggery.