The Japanese city of Toda, Saitama, has implemented a metaverse service to encourage students, especially those who are far from school, to attend classes.
Metaverse Learning Service, chosen by the city of Toda, allows students to explore the campus and learn in virtual classrooms. However, the students must obtain permission from their respective school heads to visit through the metaverse, local NHK media confirms.
Public data showed that 244,940 Japanese elementary and high school students were absent for at least 30 days in fiscal year 2021. The NHK report highlights a fifth grader’s interest in online chat rooms instead of going to school in person. Although the child had not physically attended school for over two years, they shared an interest in meeting up with friends to play outdoor games such as tag.
While current efforts to improve schooling remain a challenge, Japanese officials are banking on the metaverse to help students connect with those around them.
Sugimori Masayuki, head of the Toda Education Center, hopes that the students in the metaverse will grow up and eventually live independently in society.
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The city of Fukuoka has announced a partnership with Astar Japan Labs, aiming to become a Web3 hub in Japan.
Fukuoka Mayor Soichiro Takashima affirmed the city’s ambition to lead the Web3 movement, stating:
“We need to do in the context of Web3 what big companies did for the world when Japan was strong.”
Astar Network founder Sota Watanabe stated his intention to “work closely with the city of Fukuoka to attract more developers and entrepreneurs.”