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GOJ to provide tens of billions of yen in research funding to five to seven universities

Concerning the GOJ’s plan to launch a 10-trillion-yen university fund to boost research at universities in Japan, Monday’s Asahi reported that the GOJ has decided to increase the number of universities it will support to five to seven and provide tens of billions of yen to each university annually. The paper said an expert panel under the Council for Science,….Read more

  • January 17, 2022
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EDUCATION > Study Abroad

Japan weighs slightly easing omicron entry ban for foreign students

YUKI NAKAMURA, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Japan is considering allowing in international students on a limited basis, Nikkei has learned, as the country continues its entry ban on foreigners amid a surge of omicron infections.   The main proposal relaxes the near-total ban on foreign arrivals, but only for government-sponsored students who cannot graduate or progress in their….Read more

  • January 14, 2022
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Wakayama to open space course at public high school

Wakayama, Jan. 12 (Jiji Press)–The prefectural government of Wakayama, western Japan, will open a new course on space at a prefectural high school in fiscal 2024, Governor Yoshinobu Nisaka said Wednesday.   This will be the first such course at a public high school in the country.   The space course, which will open at Wakayama Prefectural Kushimoto-Koza High School….Read more

  • January 12, 2022
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37 Japanese university students who studied in States test positive for COVID-19 

Mainichi wrote that Kindai University in Osaka announced on Tuesday that 37 of its students who studied in the United States have been found to be infected with the coronavirus, saying that although it is not yet known whether they are infected with Omicron, all of them have shown mild symptoms or are asymptomatic and 15 of them have returned to Japan and are currently undergoing treatment at hospitals….Read more

  • January 12, 2022
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EDUCATION > Study Abroad

Japan entry ban puts student exchange programs at risk

Japanese entry restrictions meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus create a barrier for international students, threatening to undermine participation in exchange programs by Japan’s universities, school officials say.

  • January 10, 2022
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EDUCATION > Universities

Foreign-born children in Japan struggle to enter universities

EUGENE LANG, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Japan’s acute labor shortage has forced the government to increase the number of foreign workers in the country, prompting improvements in public services that target newcomers and help attract more overseas staff.   Still, hurdles remain for people who choose to make Japan their home, especially when it comes to ensuring that….Read more

  • January 8, 2022
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EDUCATION > English Language

What’s next for English-language education in Japan?

BY TOMOHIRO OSAKI, STAFF WRITER   Across the country, university hopefuls are now gearing up for the standardized entrance exam that will greatly impact their post-secondary options.   Recent years have seen policymakers try to revamp the test, run by the National Center for University Entrance Examinations, from the ground up in order to respond to the needs of the….Read more

  • January 4, 2022
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EDUCATION > Universities

Editorial: Will university fund be game changer for research capabilities?

It has long been said that the research capabilities of Japanese universities are declining. To break the impasse, stable support for universities is needed.   The government has decided to include in its economic stimulus measures a plan to launch within this fiscal year a “university endowment fund” worth about ¥10 trillion to support universities. The plan is to make….Read more

  • November 29, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 1:24 p.m.
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EDUCATION > Study Abroad

First Japanese woman to study abroad and human resources development in Japan

One hundred and fifty years ago today according to the old lunar calendar, five women sailed from Yokohama to San Francisco aboard the America Maru as part of the Iwakura mission. It included the first Japanese women to study abroad. Only three younger girls — Yamakawa Sutematsu, 11, Nagai Shigeko, 9, and Tsuda Umeko, 6, — completed ten years of….Read more

  • November 12, 2021
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International students to U.S. rebound only 4% after COVID-hit year

YIFAN YU, Nikkei staff writer   PALO ALTO, U.S. — Students from overseas are slowly returning to America, with their numbers inching up 4% on the year this autumn after plunging by double digits in the pandemic-hit 2020-21 school year.   The new finding, released by the New York-based Institute of International Education, comes from a snapshot survey of 860-plus….Read more

  • November 15, 2021
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