Student Counseling in Japan was first published in 1953. The democratization of Japan during the allied occupation following World War II brought fundamental changes to that country’s system of higher education. As traditional authoritarianism gave way to more democratic relations between professor and student, Japanese educators recognized the need to develop more effective student personnel services in their universities. They turned for technical assistance to American specialists, and the project described in this volume, the Japanese Universities Institutes on Student Personnel Services, was the result. The institutes, conducted in Japan under the direction of Wesley P. Lloyd, then dean of students at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, were attended by faculty representatives from nearly all the Japanese colleges and universities. The institute staffs included six Americans, in addition to the director, and a larger number of Japanese professors. Dr. Lloyd describes the planning of the institutes, the administrative procedures and operation, the academic content, and related projects and activities. He evaluates the project and recommends next steps for student personnel services in Japan. From its beginning as a hope expressed by Japanese university officials to their Ministry of Education and to the Civil Information and Education Section of the Supreme Command Allied Powers, through many months of effort to its successful conclusion, the project represented a high degree of international cooperation. This account is significant, therefore, to all who are interested in the furtherance of international understanding through the exchange of ideas and education, as well as to specialists in the fields of counseling and other student personnel services and to those with a special interest in Japan’s culture and society.
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