School lunches getting more expensive
Japanese schools have a lunch system where parents are supposed to pay (although not everyone does) for the kids' meals. Now, after the gyoza scandal, many education boards are trying to replace cheaper, Chinese-made foods. Asahi notes that this means higher costs. For example, in Fuji, the daily fee is 243 yen per meal at elementary schools and 288 yen for junior high schools.
Is that all? What do you think, is that reasonable? Or is it already too high?
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I'm reminded of Jamie Oliver who started a massively successful school lunch campaign in the UK, promoting healthier dishes and even organic ingredients. Check his website School Dinners and the official School Food Trust. In the UK, Channel 4 has a website as well, with a lot of advice on improving the quality of your child's school meals, ways to start a campaign for change and some simple ways to improve your child's general diet. Having said that, Japanese kids get better grub than what is generally served in schools in most parts of the world.
Haha, just found this page with photos of Japanese school dinners. Good blogging. And no post about school food would be complete without a reference to Kyuusyoku Toban, the cute restaurant in Akihabara that serves - you guessed it - school food. The Japan Forum has more information about studying in Japan, with lots of photos.