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February 26, 2009

Number of Japanese students studying in the U.S. has dropped 30%

USA.jpgA report by the Institute of International Education, a U.S. group that promotes study abroad, shows that the number of Japanese students studying in the U.S. dropped 30% from 1997 to 2007.

Yoko Sakae, President of the Sakae Institute of Study Abroad, said that students in other parts of Asia find studying in the U.S. a great attraction that helps them secure good jobs, but Japanese students say it does not necessarily lead to better employment. She also said, 'Young people returning from school trips abroad talk about how much cleaner and safer Japan is compared to other countries.'

Ryu Shionoya, the education minister, said that 'Currently only 80,000 Japanese students go abroad every year. ideally I'd like to see the number increase to 300,000, which is the same number of international students Japan is aiming to accept.'

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