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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
  • , Nikkei Asia , 1:31 a.m.
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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
  • , Nikkei Asia , 1:59 a.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 > U.S.

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
  • , Nikkei Asia , 2:01 p.m.
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Editorial: Flexibility the key to opening Japan’s gate for foreign students

Japan last week loosened border controls that had been tightened to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus and resumed allowing new entry to foreign nationals of certain categories.   Some have raised concerns about opening the door at a time when the caseload of infections is increasing again elsewhere in the world, particularly in Europe.   That said, continuing….Read more

  • November 15, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 12:47 p.m.
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EDUCATION > Study Abroad

Universities in Japan welcome open borders but face long entry backlog

MARIE SHIMOKAWA and YUTA SHIMAZAKI, Nikkei staff writers   TOKYO — With Japan’s borders reopening to international business travelers and students on Monday, schools like Osaka University moved quickly to regain lost ground as study abroad destinations during the coronavirus pandemic.   About 500 international students are waiting to begin their studies at the elite school, which is working with travel agencies to provide….Read more

  • November 9, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 12:24 p.m.
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Vox Populi: It is time for Japan to reopen its doors to foreign students

    Japan experienced an influx of Chinese students in the early 20th century.   Many of the students arrived in Japan with the hopes of understanding the strength of the nation that had defeated theirs in the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895). They also sought to gain knowledge of modern sciences Japan had learned from the West.   At its….Read more

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Visa ban risks weakening of Japanese Studies, exchange programs

By Nakai Daisuke in New York, Kawasaki Yuko, and Sato Tatsuya   Japan’s prolonged ban on most student visas on the grounds of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused concern both at home and abroad. In addition to depriving foreign students of opportunities to study in Japan, the ban is feared to have negative impacts on Japanese Studies programs and on….Read more

  • October 25, 2021
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Foreign students still unable to study in Japan

By Nakai Daisuke, New York   Leah Justin-Jinich (31), a graduate student at Harvard, was planning to do research in Japan starting in the spring of 2020. She had already been accepted by a Japanese university and received a scholarship. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit.   Although she has already been vaccinated, it is still not possible for her to….Read more

  • October 25, 2021
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