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School Lunch Program in Japan

  • Published on May 31, 2022

School lunches are a common topic when Japanese reminiscence about their school life. There is even a small museum1 in the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan (MEXT) where the typical school lunches of each generation are replicated. This exhibition receives favorable reviews from visitors, who make comments like, “It was great for conversation with my child,” and, “It brought back memories of those days.” In Japan “eating from the same pot” signifies fellowship and bonds, and this phrase can be applied all around the country in the case of school lunches. This article looks into the School Lunch Service, which the Japanese hold so close to their hearts.


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