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A Japanese school that prepares students for entrance exams, as for admission to a university, and is attended in addition to public school.

[Japanese, from Early Middle Chinese dʑuwk, gate room, private school (also the source of Mandarin shú).]
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(in Japan) a school offering intensive education outside normal school hours
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(ˈdʒu ku)
n., pl. -ku.
(in Japan) a school, attended in addition to one's normal school, where students prepare for college entrance examinations.
[1980–85; < Japanese]
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Japan Private School Market is segmented into Kindergartens, Elementary School, Lower Secondary Schools, Upper Secondary Schools, School for Special Needs, Others (Crams Schools or Juku and miscellaneous schools.
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Outbreak of hand, foot, and mouth disease caused by coxsackievirus A6 in a Juku in Fengtai District, Beijing, China, 2015.
Budo Juku (which means martial arts school in Japanese) are currently delivering a professional standard of martial arts in Karate, Taekwondo, Judo and Bujutsu
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For example, in Japan these programs are known as juku (cram school), buxiban in Taiwan (tuition class), and hagwon in Korea (for-profit private institute).
To succeed in these secondary school entrance exams, many Japanese youth spend hours in private "cram" schools called Juku ([phrase omitted]).
An Empirical Study on Juku Automated Writing Evaluation System in College English Writing Teaching, Beijing Forestry University.
This work also benefited from the comments of our discussants, Michael Hutchison and Takatoshi Ito, on our prior paper (Hausman and Wieland 2014) at the 2014 Stanford Summer Juku. Hiroshi Matsushima provided superb research assistance.