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January 12, 2010

Number of overseas students in Japan reached record high in 2009

waseda.jpgAccording to the Japan Student Services Organization, the number of overseas students in Japan was 132,720 in mid 2009. This was a 7% increase over the previous year. This is still a long way short of the ambitious long-term target of 300,000 students set by Prime Minister Fukuda in 2008, but things are moving in that direction. There is certainly an increasing interest in studying in Japan among students in some countries. The People's Daily Online has reported an annual increase of 20% in the number of Chinese students who want to study here.

Most overseas students are from China (79,082 in 2009), then Korea (19,605) and then Taiwan (5,332). Waseda University accepted the most students (3,114) followed by Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (2,786) and then The University of Tokyo (2,473).

90% of overseas students in Japan are privately sponsored, but many receive accommodation subsidies from the Japanese government. Those that receive sponsorship from the Japanese government are better off than their Japanese counterparts. Overseas students generally do not need to pay back the scholarship funding after graduating.

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