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Japan to subsidize students studying abroad


The [Japanese] education ministry plans to establish a new financial support system for universities encouraging students to study abroad, it has been learned.

The ministry aims to promote the idea of studying abroad to Japanese students, who are often regarded as being introverted, to foster human resources who will be motivated to actively participate in the nation's domestic and international affairs.

The Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry is targeting about 40 universities and plans to grant from 100 million yen to 200 million yen in annual subsidies to each institution.

The move reflects the government's sense of urgency in response to the current downward trend of Japanese students studying abroad, which is a sharp contrast to places like South Korea, China and India, where an increasing number of students are studying abroad in countries including the United States.

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