Hiroshi Ota, professor at the Center for General Education at Hitotsubashi University, and an expert on policies related to foreign students. As the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on education systems worldwide, a Japanese program to welcome more than 300,000 foreign students is at a crossroads. Entry restrictions are blocking many international scholars from coming to the country, curtailing a strategy that boosts Japan’s universities and addresses labor shortage problems.© NHK
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It’s hoped that foreign students would join Japanese firms after graduation and continue living in the country. Furthermore, foreign students are, in fact, supporting Japan’s workforce as part-timers. It’s necessary for Japanese public and private sectors, and academics, to jointly develop a system to welcome foreign students as members of Japanese society.
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