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TOMODACHI SoftBank Leadership Program (1): Overseas exposure inspires children with life-changing experience

Masayasu Kakishita (18) is a high school senior in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. This past March, his mother told him that she applied for him to participate in a study abroad program. He had never thought he would venture abroad. His first reaction was, “Oh, come on. Give me a break!”   His home was completely destroyed by the earthquake and….Read more

EDUCATION > Study Abroad

Gov’t backs study abroad

The tripartite project implemented by the national government, local governments, and businesses for supporting students studying overseas has become popular. It is designed to foster young people who will work in their hometowns with international perspective. In 2018, the project was carried out at 22 localities across the country. The number doubled compared to three years ago when the project….Read more

  • September 24, 2018
  • , Kanagawa Shimbun , p. 18
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EDUCATION > Study Abroad

Vancouver tops list of popular destinations for summer study programs among Japanese

Ryugaku Journal, a Tokyo-based provider of study abroad information and services, released the results of the applications it had received for its study abroad programs during the summer of 2018. Vancouver topped the list of the most popular summer study destinations among junior and senior high school students, followed by Perth, Australia, and Toronto, Canada.   According to Ryugaku Journal,….Read more

  • August 27, 2018
  • , Nikkei , p. 14
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EDUCATION > Study Abroad

European embassies court Japanese students following Tokyo Medical University’s gender discrimination scandal

Media outlets in the U.S. and Europe have been reporting with disbelief on the issue of Tokyo Medical University’s across-the-board lowering of entrance examination scores of female applicants.   The New York Times posted a lengthy online story on Aug. 3 with the headline “Japanese Medical School Accused of Rigging Admissions to Keep Women Out.” The BBC pointed out in….Read more

  • August 8, 2018
  • , Asahi evening edition , p. 2
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EDUCATION > Educational Reform

High school teachers “lack information” to support students in studying abroad, MEXT survey

Although 70% of high school teachers think that studying abroad is a plus for high school students in their university entrance exams, 50% of these teachers say they lack information to support students in studying abroad, a survey indicates.   The Internet-based survey was conducted in May by the secretariat of “Tobitate! Ryugaku Japan,” a Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports,….Read more

  • July 27, 2018
  • , Yomiuri , p. 15
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Ginowan junior high school students to depart for U.S. on short-term study abroad program

Students of Ginowan public junior high schools who will participate in a short-term study-abroad program for fiscal 2018 gathered at the office of the Ginowan City Board of Education on July 13. A group of ten students will be sent to Washington D.C. and Seattle in the state of Washington from July 22 to August 17. This year’s program is….Read more

  • July 21, 2018
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , p. 25
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EDUCATION > English Language

Six-year secondary schools sending more students overseas

The university admission test reform in fiscal 2020 will perhaps change “inward-looking” Japanese children. This introverted nature has been pointed out by the foreign media since around 2010. Most surveys also highlight that the number of Japanese students studying overseas is either declining or leveling off, though their methods vary. Once more students study English for TOEFL or ELTS, which….Read more

  • July 16, 2018
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SECURITY > Okinawa

JCP lawmaker: Gov’t glamorizes U.S. military for study abroad

Seiken Akamine of the Japanese Communist Party (JCP) attended a meeting of the Special Committee on Okinawa and Northern Problems in the Lower House on July 9. He touched on a government proposal “to cooperate with the U.S. to improve English language education,” which assumes studying at universities on the premises of U.S. bases. The proposal is included in the….Read more

  • July 10, 2018
  • , Akahata , p. 2
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EDUCATION > Study Abroad

Okinawa high school to sign partnership agreement with U.S. college

A representative of Spokane Community College (SCC) in the U.S. state of Washington visited the head office of the Okinawa Times on May 16. Okinawa Shogaku Senior High School (Okisho) is hoping to conclude an agreement with the American college on admitting students on the basis of recommendations.   SCC is a two-year college and 22 of its approximately 2,000 students….Read more

  • May 23, 2018
  • , Okinawa Times , p. 15
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EDUCATION > Study Abroad

U.S. college degrees lose mystique among Asian students

By MITSURU OBE, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — For ambitious young Asians, studying in the U.S. has long been a natural choice. They venture across the vast Pacific to pursue degrees with global cachet and, perhaps, take a shot at the American dream. Increasingly, though, the region’s students are making a radical decision: They are staying close to home. ….Read more

  • May 15, 2018
  • , Nikkei Asian Review , 3:15 p.m.
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