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Kazuhiro Fujihara

After working in Japan and in Europe doing sales for Recruit Co., Ltd., Fujihara became the principal of Wada Junior High School in Suginami Ward, making him the first individual from the private sector to serve as school principal in the Tokyo public school system. His “Life Studies" course that challenges the principles of career education was awarded the Benesse Prize, and the Wada Junior High Local Headquarters project, which was established as a way to revitalize community relations, received the Hakuho Award. Fujihara’s “Dietary Education,” with self-prepared school lunches and farming experiences forming its core activities, as well as “Reading Activities" at Wada Junior High were both awarded the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Prize.

Fujihara is currently a special advisor in the field of education to the Osaka Prefecture governor, contributing to the revitalization and improvement of academic performance of elementary, junior high, and high schools in Osaka. 

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