At the time of the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear crisis, the world admired the way the Japanese conducted themselves - they even had the discipline to queue for food in the face of such a heartbreaking diaster. Later in the same year, Thailand was hit by the worst flooding in half a century, driving people here to engage in mini-battles where they snatched up as many bottles of drinking water as possible.
The contrast in behaviour from Thais and Japanese when faced with similar distress prompted a Mahidol University research team to investigate the key distinctions between the people of the two nations. The team studied the kindergarten education management in Japan in comparison to Thailand in an effort to find out the fundamental concepts in the Japanese education system.
Kids have freedom to play in Japanese kindergartens. Team playing and public consciousness are expressly stated in the philosophy of Japanese education. PHOTO COURTESY OF WIMONTHIP MUSIKPHAN
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