(Article from "TOKAISM"*)
Nordic countries consistently rank in the top of the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the UN's World Happiness Report. Finland in particular has been in the spotlight recently for its advanced educational system and strong international competitiveness. Last year the country generated buzz with the appointment of a 34-year-old woman prime minister. We talked with Yuriko Shibayama, one of Japan's few specialists in Finnish studies, about what Japan should be learning--namely how Finland built a society based on the philosophy of valuing people.
(TOKAISM is a Tokai University's web magazine which is edited in collaboration with Mainichi Shimbun, the oldest daily newspaper in Japan.)