An English teacher has to applaud the initiation of such an ambitious program. You can read about it at the Japan Times Online. You can also have a look at the "curriculum" at the Kanazawa Board of Education site. I have translated some of the contents if you are curious about the contents but cannot read the Japanese
Elementary and Middle School Consecutive English Education Curriculum and Structure<><>
1st and 2nd grade Elementary-- Instruction ContentEnglish: speaking and listening centered instruction; Ability Aims-- English sound system and basic greetings, 10 contact hours
3rd and 4th grade Elementary-- Instruction Content English: speaking and listening centered instruction; Ability Aims-- be able to name familiar objects and simple self introductions, 35 contact hours or more
5th and 6th grade Elementary-- Instruction Content English: speaking and listing ability, progressing on to reading and writing, Ability Aims--to be able to introduce a person familiar to you and read and write simple sentences, 35 contact hours or more
6th grade Elementary-- move on to first-year Middle School materials
Pretty rough translation, but enough to get the idea.