Dainippon Society for Further Education for Young Women was a venture aiming to provide correspondence courses for young women whose formal education had ended at elementary school. Its stated aim was to promote education for young women throughout the country. At the time, public and private secondary schools provided only some 30,000 places for girls compared to the annual figure of several hundred thousand completing elementary education, while the cost of providing education for daughters as well as sons was prohibitive for lower-income families.