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60% of Japanese students studying abroad say coronavirus is impacting their job searches, poll

  • April 28, 2020
  • , NIKKEI Business Daily digital , 6:13 p.m.
  • JMH Translation

According to a survey conducted in early April of Japanese studying abroad, about 60% of respondents said the new coronavirus outbreak is having a major impact on their job hunt. Some 16% of pollees responded that they stopped studying abroad because of the new coronavirus. 


The survey was conducted by employment-information company Disco (Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo) via the Internet on April 3-12. Responses were received from 273 Japanese studying abroad, who were registered with Disco’s information site for Japanese studying overseas and who are scheduled to graduate in or before December 2021. At the time of the survey, 48% of the pollees said they were in Japan, and 50% said they were at their study abroad destinations overseas.


Some 78% reported that they are midway through their studies, including those who have returned to Japan temporarily. Meanwhile, 16% said they have stopped studying abroad midway through their program due to the coronavirus. Another 5% said they stopped studying abroad for another reason.


Some 59% said that the new coronavirus is having a “major impact” on their job searches while 34% said it is having “some impact.” Only 6% said that the virus is having “no impact” on their job searches. (Abridged)

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