The Japanese Ministry of Education wants their universities to close down their humanities and social science departments. Seventeen have already said they will comply.
Japan has a low birth rate and a very poor record of absorbing immigrants. Now they want to scale back the education that is the major source of broad understanding and innovation.
What they seem to be missing is that today’s “practical” fields are based on ideas invented yesterday in the liberal arts fields.
Japan was once in the “passing lane”, set to overtake the U.S. and European economies and creative leaders. For the past generation, though, Japanese society has become increasingly sclerotic, literally and figuratively.
Choosing against the future of educational breadth is, I believe, a choice for slow death of their culture.