Japan School of Doha

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Japan School of Doha
مدرسة اليابان في الدوحة
Japan School of Doha is located in Qatar
Japan School of Doha
Japan School of Doha
Site No.29 West Al Nasiriya, Doha, Qatar
CoordinatesCoordinates: 25°19′39″N 51°23′11″E / 25.32742°N 51.386388°E / 25.32742; 51.386388

The Japan School of Doha (ドーハ日本人学校, Dōha Nihonjin Gakkō, "Doha Japanese School"; Arabic: مدرسة اليابان في الدوحة‎) is a Japanese international school located in Doha, Qatar.[1]


The previous Japanese school in Doha, which had opened in 1979 but was eventually closed in 2001 due to lack of students,[2] and de-authorized by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) on March 14, 2002 (Heisei 14).[3]

It was opened in April 2009 in order to replace the previous Japanese school.[2] MEXT re-authorized the school on December 26, 2008 (Heisei 20).[3] Many Japanese companies, up to 2009, had opened new offices in Qatar because of an increase in demand for natural gas and crude oil, therefore expanding the expatriate population living in Qatar.[4] The Qatari authorities wanted to enhance the teaching of the Japanese language and to allow the Japanese education style and culture to influence Qatar so it can shift into a manufacturing-based economy.[5]

Qatari students became eligible to attend the school as it reopened,[6] and the Qatari authorities provided the land and school building.[7] Yousef Mohamed Bilal, the Ambassador of Qatar to Japan, stated that the school's reopening was one of the indications of strengthening Japan-Qatar relations.[8] The school's reopening ceremony occurred on May 14, 2009. Various Qatari politicians attended the ceremony, including H.E. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, the Deputy Prime Minister; H.E. Saad Bin Ibrahim Al-Mahmoud, the Minister of Education and Higher Education; and H.E. Dr. Mohamed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, the Minister of State for Energy and Industry.[9]

In 2013 there were plans to further expand the school.[10]

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  1. ^ "学校案内." (Archive) The Japan School of Doha. Retrieved on 2 January 2014. "Site No.29 West Al Nasiriya, Doha, Qatar" Access Map (Archive).
  2. ^ a b "The Japan School of Doha". Japanese Embassy in Qatar. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b "中近東の日本人学校一覧(平成25年4月15日現在)." Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. January 13, 2015. Retrieved on December 20, 2017. "ドーハ日本人学校[...] The Japan School of Doha ※平成14年3月29日認定取消、平成20年12月26日認定"
  4. ^ "Supporting the reopening of the Japan School of Doha." In: "Social Contribution Activity Report" () Sumitomo Corporation. p. 18. Retrieved on August 10, 2015.
  5. ^ Aoike, Yuichi. "Japan-style school to help Qatar industrialize" (Archive). Kyodo News at The Japan Times. June 24, 2008. Retrieved on August 10, 2015.
  6. ^ The Report: Qatar 2009 (Emerging markets series). Oxford Business Group, 2004. ISBN 1902339258, 9781902339252. p. 44. "Nikai[...]which led the decision to reopen the Japanese school in April 2009. Once reopened, the school will also accept Qatari children,[...]"
  7. ^ "Joint Statement on Strengthening the Bilateral Economic Relations between Japan and Qatar." Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. September 30, 2010. Retrieved on April 10, 2015. Japanese version.
  8. ^ Bilal, Yousef Mohamed. "Qatar-Japan ties continue to strengthen" (Archive). The Japan Times. Friday December 18, 2009. Retrieved on August 10, 2015.
  9. ^ Kawaguchi, Fumio (Chairman, Japan-Qatar Friendship Association). "Friendship, prosperity bring mutual benefit" (Archive). The Japan Times. Friday December 18, 2009. Retrieved on August 10, 2015.
  10. ^ "Qatar, Japan to boost co-operation." The Gulf Times. 28 August 2013. Retrieved on August 10, 2015. "Qatar welcomed the future expansion of the Japan School in Doha in order to encourage exchanges in primary education with the Qatari schools, so that the understanding on the value the Japanese-style education will be promoted in Qatar."

Further reading[edit]

  • Aoki, Junichi (青木 順一 Aoki Jun'ichi; 前ドーハ日本人学校教諭・北海道増毛町立増毛中学校教諭) (March 2002). "ドーハ日本人学校における日本語教室の実際 : カタール人,現地外国人への日本語指導の実践 (Status of classrooms at the Doha Japanese School: The implementation of Japanese-language instruction for Qataris and foreigners)". Zaigai Kyōiku Shisetsu Shidō (在外教育施設における指導実践記録). Tokyo Gakugei University (24): 117–121.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link) - Profile at CiNii
  • "Schools embracing new Japanese system in maths education." Gulf Times. September 28, 2014.

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