(Nikkei: February 14, 2016 – p. 34)
A majority of Japanese adults believe young people should study overseas to foster global thinking, a government survey shows.
The Cabinet Office interviewed 3,000 male and female adults on education and lifelong learning on Dec. 10-20, 2015. The response rate was 55.1%.
Asked whether children and young people should go abroad to study, 43.9% said “they should.” 40.3% said “it is better to study abroad.” Those who gave a negative response came to 10.8%.
Of those who favored studying overseas, 72.5% pointed to the need for financial support, such as scholarships, to enable young people to study abroad. 52.9% said Japanese schools should provide support for students looking to study overseas. 43.2% said it is necessary to step up collaboration with overseas schools, such as credit transfers. Multiple responses were allowed.
Asked how to foster global human resources, with multiple answers allowed, the largest number of respondents, 65.6%, answered “strengthen English education at primary and secondary schools.” 39.1% cited the need to “enhance education in the Japanese language, traditions and culture.” 38.8% said “education that widens knowledge of global social trends.”