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January 05, 2010

Fewer Japanese students going to the United States

USA.jpgThe number of Japanese students studying in the United States has declined even though the overall number studying overseas has increased. There were 47,000 Japanese students in the U.S. in 1997, but only 34,000 in 2007. In contrast, the number of Japanese students in China doubled.

Roger Pulvers, in an article in the Japan Times, has suggested a number of reasons for this change. He writes that 'thanks to the Internet, young Japanese are now aware of many opportunities to study all over the world'. He also suggested that Japanese people 'long turned a blind eye to the crime and poverty in the U.S., seeing only the freedom and opportunity there. But then the (George W.) Bush era, with its attacks on that freedom at home and its opportunistic wars abroad, began to tarnish the gilding.'

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