I hope someone can help me with this.
I am writing a report about women's education (early Meiji) and have come across contradictory information concerning compulsory education.
1872 the compulsory education was introduced and most of the books I've read said elementary education was immediately set for four years. However, Elise K. Tipton mentions in Modern Japan: A social and political history. that it wasn't extented to four years until 1886. So. I'm having one author saying this and a couple of others claiming otherwise. The problem is that I consider Tipton a very good historian; furthermore, her book should be more up-to-date than the other books I worked through, which were, on the other side, about education itself.
So - does anyone of you know which statement is correct? Or could it possibly be a matter of perception...?
(Cross-posted in nihon. Sorry, if you see this twice!)