About Us

Our History

The original Japanese School was founded in 1912, with one teacher and 28 students, at 131 Middle Road. In 1920 The Japan Club (now T he Japanese Association) built a new school at 155 Waterloo Street, where Stamford Girls’ School is presently located. The School continued to grow and was moved to various sites, Bencoolen Street, Wilkie Road and Short Street. In 1941 the School was closed by the British Army at the beginning of World War ll. The School was re-established as “The Shonan First People’s School” under the Japanese Occupation. This ended in 1945 and the School was closed down again. It was not reopened until 1966.

The first school building was located at curr4ent Newton Post Office on Bukit Timah Road and operated from 1964 till July 1966.

In September 1966 the Japanese School was established with a primary school at Dalvey Estate, in a residential building. It had only 27 students and 3 teachers at that time. After two years the School moved to Swiss Cottage Estate in April 1969. It was there that saw the beginnings of the Japanese Secondary School.

The Primary school opened officially at Dalvey Estate on September 1966, and closed on March 1968.

By 1971 the School was relocated again to West Coast Road. For the 5 years that the School was situated there, marked increase in the number of students was witnessed, from 171 in 1971 to 588 in 1976. This caused a strain on the facilities and the School was to move again, to Clementi Road.

The Secondary school opened at Swiss Cottage on April 1968, and closed on July 1971.

The Japanese School constructed its own school premises in 1976, and has since then been expanded many times. In 1984 the Japanese School building was completed at West Coast Road. By this time, the student roll had more than 2,000 students, in both the primary and secondary section.

The School West Coast campus opened from August 1971 till March 1976.

In addition to Clementi Campus of the primary school and West Coast Campus of the secondary school, Changi campus of the Japanese Primary School was newly opened in Upper Changi Road North in April 1995. Changi campus started off by teaching primary 5 and 6 grades while Clementi campus continued to teach primary 1 to 4 grades. Since April 1998, the Japanese Primary School has functioned as two separate schools managed by two respective principals on each campus independently. Both primary schools teach grades 1 to 6 now and they are supervised by the same school management committee. In April 1999 the student roll for the primary school was 836 on Clementi campus and 993 on Changi campus while the Secondary school enrolment was 616. In total 2445 students ate taught by 163 teachers on three campuses.

Clementi campus on Clementi Road in 1983.

Current primary school, Changi campus on Upper Changi North Road since April 1995.

Chairman’s Message

The Japanese School in Singapore, which was established more than three decades ago, is now one of the largest schools in South East Asia in terms of student population. Amongst the two Primary schools and the Secondary school, we have a combined student population of approximately 2,440. Although this figure represents a slight decrease in the number of students due to the economic down turn, our schools have nevertheless consistently maintained good reputation and high academic standards. This is possible because we have a pool of good, talented and dedicated teachers to instruct and guide our students. We realize that the contemporary world is ever changing and presenting new challenges, and we in the education business must always be vigilant in keeping up with these changes so as to equip our students as well as to meet these challenges. With this objective in mind, our School Committee has established close-working ties with the teachers to implement challenging curriculum in order to meet international standards, while making proper decisions at appropriate times to meet the needs of the contemporary world.

We also appreciate the efforts of the parents for their support and constant co-operation with the school in the education of their children. A complete and wholesome education involves both the School and parents working hand-in-hand to provide various opportunities for our students to develop and excel.

At this juncture, I wish to express my deep appreciation to the Singapore Government, the Japanese Government, the Singaporean community and the Japanese community in Singapore for their help in various areas of needs, and also to all those who have helped in one way or another in the running of the Japanese School. In closing, I urge all students to put in their best effort in their studies, and all teachers and parents to do their utmost to nurture the present generation of children into good outstanding citizens of the next millennium.

The Japanese School, Singapore

Chairman of the Committee

School Mission & Vision

MISSION of Our School
The Singapore Japanese School is a full-time educational facility aimed at providing equivalent education in elementary and secondary schools in Japan. Our school mission is to develop Japanese students with their rich international perspective and their ability to connect with people in the world at a high level of competence.

School Vision

Nurture students who have a rich international sense and try to connect with people around the world.

To glow children who
: are motivated to learn and think to achieve self-fulfillment.
: have a broad perspective, respect different cultures and try to connect with the world.
: know the value of life and develop a healthy mind and body.

To become teachers who
: try to find the good in children and develop their personalities
: cares about children’s thoughts and emphasize with them
: connect with children and grow with them.

To make a school that
: students can experience the joy of learning and the joy of understanding
: nurtures a rich emotion and fosters healthy growth with children
: works together with parents and community members

Our Organization


  • CPE Certificate
  • The Japanese School Singapore
  • Registration Number: 201112919Z
  • The Period of Registration: From 06 July 2018 to 05 July 2024


1. Mr. Dobashi Kentaro

2. Mr. Kakihara Daisuke

3. Mr. Takigawa Harunobu

4. Mr. Sawada Takahiro

5. Mr. Umeda Tetsuji

6. Mr. Takai Hirokazu

7. Mr. Tokiwa Daisuke

8. Mr. Izumitani Hiroshi

9. Mr. Yoshida Takehiko

10. Mr. Tan Jong Lek


1. Mr. Dobashi Kentaro

2. Mr. Shimada Michio

3. Ms. Nakatani Fumiko

4. Mr. Tamura Hiroyuki

5. Mr. Yamada Mitsuru


1. Mr. Shimada Michio

2. Ms. Nakatani Fumiko

3. Mr. Tamura Hiroyuki

4. Mr. Yamada Mitsuru

Organaization Structure of The Japanese School

Organization Structure


The Japanese School’s educational system and curriculum are similar to that of public schools in Japan. Most of the certified teachers are sent by The Ministry of Education of Japan who have years of teaching experience at public schools in Japan.

List of Teachers APR2023 to MAR2024




Contact Form

Privacy Policy