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Scholars urge Japan to resume issuing visas to international students

  • October 23, 2021
  • , Asahi, Mainichi
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Saturday’s Asahi and Mainichi wrote that a total of 656 academics and students from universities in the United States and other countries on Thursday submitted a petition to the Japanese Consulate General in New York calling on the Japanese government to resume issuing student and research visas, a process currently suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic. The petition said that the ban on new visas “has eroded global relationships and the reputations of Japan’s educational institutions.” The petition also said: “While Japan has started sending its students and researchers abroad, the country does not receive students and researchers. The lack of reciprocity damages carefully cultivated partnerships between Japanese universities and schools in other countries.”

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