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July 23, 2002

International Schools Key

Yesterday's Japan Times included an article by Yoshio Nakamura of the Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren). He talked about an annual report by the Institute for Management and Development on the international competitiveness of major countries, and noted that in terms of how universities contribute to a country's efforts to boost its competitiveness, Japan ranked last out of 49 countries. He focussed on the potential bigger role that could be played by international schools. But as they are still in the same "miscellaneous" category as English conversation schools, they do not benefit from the same public subsidies or tax breaks as regular schools. This results in a shortage of such schools and the extremely expensive fees they charge.

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