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| Salary is the general term that includes wages, family allowances, adjustment allowances, housing allowances, commuting allowances, industrial education allowances, special allowances, extra work allowances, term end allowances and studying allowances.
The state has decided to pay for half of teachers' salaries. (Law on national treasury on expenditure of compulsory education ) This system gaims to ensure the adequate access and quality of education for all Japanese nationals under the principle of free compulsory education, and therefore to provide equal educational opportunities and to improve the quality and standard of education.h (Law on national treasury on expenditure of compulsory education, Article 1) This is the subsidy, and ways to use it are clearly defined. Since the administration of state subsidies would limit the independence of local governments, and since it contradicts the policy of decentralization that is promoted through current administration reforms, there is growing support to abolish the current system and to shift teachers' salaries to be paid from general finances. The report of the central education committee, gCreating compulsory education for the new erah (October, 2005) recommends that the current system be retained, but the policy of the central government currently differs from this recommendation.