Joint Research Project with Tokyo Gakugei University

Major Initiatives

Developing Textbooks for Financial and Economic Education

Aiming to widely apply the joint research project's results in accessible forms, we have created textbooks and video materials that are now in actual use in various locations.

  • Textbook: "Working with Money" (August 2006)
    A compilation of explanations on the mechanisms of money, the roles of banks, and basic economic systems.
  • Glossary: "Money and Our Lives" (March 2007)
    A glossary developed for use as a supplement to "Working with Money." It offers explanations of economic terms together with illustrations.
  • Textbook: "Life and Money" (November 2008)
    This is a textbook for special support schools and is designed to support the autonomous efforts of children with special needs to independently participate in society.

Image: Textbook: "Working with Money"
Textbook: "Working with Money"

Image: Glossary: "Money and Our Lives"
Glossary: "Money and Our Lives"

Image: Textbook: "Life and Money"
Textbook: "Life and Money"

Development of Practical Financial and Economic Education Textbook and DVD

Concluding that further advancement of financial and economic education would require practical teaching tools, the joint research project used the results of classroom teaching research and other information to develop a financial education textbook and accompanying DVD, which were officially completed in July 2011.

The textbook purposefully omits any designation to specific school types and grade levels, and includes material for five subjects – "Living Environment Studies," "Social Studies," "Home Economics," "Moral Education," and "Integrated Studies." This material is covered in 19 sets of teaching materials, each with four steps. The textbook is structured to allow teachers to choose the content they believe is best suited for their students. A class guide for teachers has also been prepared.

Textbook "Let's Think about Life and Money"Textbook "Thinking about Life and Money"

Class Guide for TeachersClass Guide for Teachers

The accompanying DVD includes textbook content and a text-to-speech feature that enables textbook content to be heard with a synthesized voice. It also has a teaching guide, recommendations for what to write on blackboards, a wealth of illustrations, and other reference materials.

DVD label
DVD label

DVD title screen
DVD title screen

In March 2012, the financial education textbook and DVD were named the winner of the National Institute on Consumer Education's eighth awards for excellent material concerning consumer education.*

This award was created with the intent to contribute to the enhanced development of consumer education in schools through materials incorporating the latest information from businesses, industry organizations, etc. in the development of guidance materials for schools or education research by teachers.

  • Textbooks are being distributed free of charge.
    If you would like to receive a free textbook, please submit a request using the contact information below.*

Please note that free textbooks are available only while supplies last.

Video Material Productions for Financial and Economic Education

Mizuho has developed video educational tools on bank functions. These tools explain deposits, loans, remittances, and currency exchange, as well as the social role of banks. The video educational tools are used when bank branches host students for workplace experience programs.

Work of BankThe Work of Banks

Knowledge of Financial EducationFinancial Education Guidelines

Conducting Classroom Teaching

We support financial and economic classes based on the results of our joint research project. 

  • For further information about the joint research project, please refer to the following resource.

Joint Research between Tokyo Gakugei University and Mizuho (Japanese text only)


Tokyo Gakugei University Educational and Research Support Department Research Support Division
Tel: +81–42–329–7554

Mizuho Financial Group Corporate Communications Department

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