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July 26, 2009

Many students' education hurt by the economy


The Asahi Shimbun
reports that at the end of March 15,000 university students and 17,000 high school students were behind with tuition payments, and in the 2008-2009 school year nearly 8,000 university students dropped out for financial reasons. Students have also reported that they were told by their parents they had to give up on going to university because of the cost.

The Asahi Shimbun reports, 'Public spending on education in Japan represents 3.4 percent of gross domestic product. The figure is the lowest among industrialized countries. The idea that education is something for which parents are responsible is deeply rooted in this culture. But the surge in educational expenses and the widening gap in income of parents are shaking the principle of "equal opportunity of education."

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