Japan To Ease Border Restrictions For International Students

A source close to the Japanese government stated on Jan. 14 that the government is ready to loosen coronavirus-related entry restrictions on fresh arrivals of international students.



The federal government plans to lift the limitations gradually, prioritizing government-sponsored international students who cannot progress to the next year of studies or graduate in their home countries without earning credits in Japan. Self-supporting international students, who make up more than 90% of all international students in Japan, will be allowed later.



In January 2021, the Japanese government stopped new foreign student intakes, except government-funded students and a few others. Following the spread of the omicron variety, it also prohibited government-sponsored international students from entering the country at the end of November last year.

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People linked with universities and people in the business community have urged the government to relax restrictions, citing Japan’s long-term immigration prohibitions as a reason for international students opting to study in other countries.

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“We’ll analyze the problem based on the fact that there are students who are near to graduating or moving to the next class,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said in a Jan. 14 press conference.

 

Source: mainichi.jp

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