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March 29, 2009

Number of students at Brazilian schools in Japan drops 40% in two months

Brazilflag.jpegAccording to a Ministry of Education survey there were 6,373 students attending Brazilian schools in Japan in December 2008 and only 3,881 attending in February 2009. The numbers were declining for much of last year, but not so dramatically - there were about 10,000 students at these schools in 2007.

The ministry examined what had happened to 1,718 of the students that stopped and found that 42% had returned to Brazil, 35% were just staying at home and not going to school, 9% had transferred to public schools, and 3% had transferred to other Brazilian schools.

A high percentage of Brazilian workers in Japan have lost their jobs and cannot afford school tuitions. A representative of the National Union of General Workers said, 'There is a pecking order when it comes to firings. First, the foreigners get fired, who are usually the Brazilians. Then Japanese women, part-time workers and finally regular workers.'

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