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PM’s education council to develop plan to enable int’l students to stay in Japan after graduation

Prime Minister Kishida Fumio attended a meeting of the Council for the Creation of Future Education at the Prime Minister’s Office [Kantei] on Sept. 29, and directed Cabinet members to consider new policies to enable international students to remain in Japan after graduation. The council will formulate concrete measures before the end of FY2022.   More than half of the….Read more

  • September 30, 2022
  • , Yomiuri , p. 4
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Fussa, Yokota high schools sign sister school agreement

By Sugiyama Keiko   Tokyo Metropolitan Fussa High School in Tokyo’s Fussa City, home to the U.S. military’s Yokota base, and Yokota High School, located on the base base and attended by children of base workers, signed a sister school agreement last month. The schools will develop ties through classes and club activities.   Principal Rebecca Villagomez and three other….Read more

EDUCATION > Study Abroad

West Japan university welcomes foreign exchange students for 1st time in 3 years

NISHINOMIYA, Hyogo — Students from overseas have been excited about their long-awaited college life in Japan here for the first time in three years, following the resumption of student exchanges that had been on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   Kwansei Gakuin University in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, stopped accepting exchange students from the spring semester of 2020 in response….Read more

  • September 19, 2022
  • , The Mainichi
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Japan faces challenge in luring foreign students after border closure

By MARIE SHIMOKAWA, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — The number of foreign students entering Japan has recovered to pre-pandemic levels after the nation eased entry restrictions, but colleges still face an uphill battle in attracting new overseas applicants after a long border shutdown.   Japan let in 121,573 new international students between March — when the easing of border rules began — and….Read more

  • September 16, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 5:20 a.m.
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EDUCATION > Universities

Japan govt eyes subsidies for universities to reorganize science, engineering faculties from FY23

The government plans to start providing financial support in fiscal 2023 to encourage universities to reorganize their science and engineering faculties, according to its time schedule for achieving its goal of increasing the percentage of science students from the current 35% of the total number to about 50%. The government also intends to expand the scope of scholarships to include….Read more

  • September 13, 2022
  • , The Japan News
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EDUCATION > Universities

Transgender admission issues arise at women’s universities

By AYA SHIOIRI/ Staff Writer   Satoko Oyama, a professor of social welfare at Japan Women’s University, stared in surprise at the results of a survey of the university’s staff about a proposal to admit transgender women.   The largest portion of the respondents, at about one-half, said they believed the proposal was feasible. About one-quarter, however, said they did….Read more

  • September 9, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 8:00 a.m.
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EDUCATION > Study Abroad

Government sets goal of 100,000 students going abroad by 2027

By JUN MIURA/ Staff Writer   The education ministry has set a goal of boosting the number of Japanese students studying abroad to pre-COVID-19 levels of around 100,000 a year by 2027.   The number of Japanese students studying overseas has plummeted amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.   The ministry has decided to continue a public-private program to support such….Read more

  • September 5, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 7:00 p.m.
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EDUCATION > Universities

Number of female university teachers in Japan at record high

TOKYO — The number of women teaching at universities in Japan hit a record high this May, a more than fourfold increase from 30 years ago, recently released preliminary government data showed.   There were 50,975 women in teaching positions at public and private universities as of May 1, up 738 from the previous year and making up an unprecedented 26.7….Read more

  • September 4, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 11:00 a.m.
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Fulbright Program plays key role

By Glen S. Fukushima, Vice Chair at the Securities Investor Protection Corporation   The Japan-U.S. Educational Commission (Fulbright Japan), which promotes intellectual, educational, and cultural exchange between Japan and the United States, celebrated its 70th anniversary. The Fulbright Program has made significant contributions to Japan-U.S. relations in the past, and I believe it must continue to play an important role….Read more

  • August 29, 2022
  • , Nikkei , p. 22
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Kishida calls for expanding goal of accepting 300,000 exchange students annually 

Nikkei reported that Prime Minister Kishida held a virtual meeting with Education Minister Nagaoka on Monday and instructed her to consider expanding the current government goal of accepting 300,000 foreign exchange students annually by 2027. He also reportedly asked her to draft a plan for the internationalization of education and creating an environment where exchange students can work in Japan….Read more

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