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June 26, 2002

University Confusion

A recent survey by the Japan Association of National Universities showed that the vast majority of administrators are confused by a government reform plan to turn the nation's 99 national universities into independent entities. The plan is an attempt to address the problem of the declining birthrate and calls for many large-scale mergers. But staff say the plan is too vague, is slanted toward major universities in populous areas, and doesn't detail the level of discretionary power to be extended to each school.

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