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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
  • , Asahi , p. 3
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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
  • , Asahi , p. 1
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Japan to limit foreign students’ access to security-linked tech

TOKYO — Japan will require permits for security-related technology transfers to international students in Japanese universities, Nikkei has learned.   Universities are currently taking less measures compared to companies, with about 40% of universities not undertaking identity checks and other requirements set by the government.   New rules to prevent the transfer of critical technologies outside of the country, such….Read more

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Japan institute to receive int’l scholars as exception to COVID rules

TOKYO – A Japanese government-affiliated institution will resume receiving dozens of foreign researchers next Thursday, even as entry restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic remain, an official said.   A total of 55 scholars in Japanese studies, including those from other Asia countries, Europe and the United States, are scheduled to arrive in Japan on that day, followed by more possibly in….Read more

  • October 24, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 8:18 p.m.
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Online exchange emerges as a new option for studying abroad

By Kamata Yu   Since 2011, the Asahi Shimbun and Kawaijuku have been conducting a joint survey entitled “Opening of Japanese Universities.” In 2021, out of the 775 national, public, and private colleges contacted, 655 responded (85%) to the survey. The survey, which was was taken from June through August, asked the colleges about the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on their….Read more

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Aichi universities resume exchange programs as vaccines ease pandemic fears

CHUNICHI SHIMBUN   At many universities overseas, fall is when the new academic year begins. But amid the COVID-19 pandemic, universities in Aichi Prefecture have been unable to send students on exchange programs to the institutions overseas with which they have ties.   Among those affected is Aichi Shukutoku University, which dispatched 299 students to eight countries in fiscal 2019,….Read more

  • October 11, 2021
  • , The Japan Times
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Nobelist Manabe eschewed Japanese ‘harmony’ for American candor

YUMIKO OSHIMA and AKIRA OIKAWA, Nikkei staff writers   NEW YORK/TOKYO — When Japanese meteorologist Syukuro Manabe spoke about his problems with Japan, chuckles could be heard among the audience assembled at Princeton University to hear this year’s Nobel Prize laureate in physics speak.   “In Japan, if you ask some question, you get ‘yes’ or ‘no,’” Manabe said to….Read more

  • October 10, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 10:01 a.m.
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Feature: S. Korea, Japan students share summer house, deepen understanding

SEOUL – Amid a fraught relationship between South Korea and Japan, seven students from the two countries spent the summer together — cooking, relaxing in front of the TV, and yes, trying to hash out their countries’ political differences while deepening their understanding of each other.   The undertaking, involving four Japanese studying in South Korea and three South Koreans who can speak….Read more

  • October 5, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 9:05 p.m.
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Japan remains slow to open borders to foreign students

Yomiuri wrote in its Saturday evening edition that many foreign students have been unable to visit or study in Japan due to restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic, saying that some of them have elected to study in other countries. School administrators are alarmed that if the trend continues, foreign students may lose interest in Japan as a place to….Read more

  • September 18, 2021
  • , Yomiuri evening edition
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Yaeyama High School student’s final paper praised by prestigious U.S. university

ISHIGAKI – Fukutomi Akira (17), a third-year student at Yaeyama High School, was chosen as one of the three “most outstanding” students in “Stanford e-Japan,” Stanford University’s distance-learning course for Japanese high school students. The course was conducted entirely in English in 90-minute sessions held every Saturday from February through July. Fukutomi and 27 other students took the course and….Read more

  • September 4, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times , p. 23
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