The Japanese education system is plagued by its monsuta perantsu and its flabbbergastingly high levels of kids refusing to go to class -- even imperial princesses cannot stay in school.
China has problems seemingly on the end of the spectrum -- odious overachievers -- kids who are fantastic in their classes and unfortunately know it.
Off topic somewhat, but Jiang Xueqin's essay "When Good Students Are Bad" is a spectacular, must-read encapsulation of what may turn into a future business management and perhaps even public order issue for the world's most populous nation.
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