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Participation In Japanese Exchange Programmes Likely To Impact Students As Japan Restricts Travel

By Yash Yadav

Thousands of international students keep on being impacted by Japan’s entry ban. As indicated by Nikkei Asia, just 228 outsiders could enter Japan last November, three of whom were international students. Other stranded students have barely any choice but to endure through remote classes in various time regions.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida was quoted saying in a report by The Japan Times last month that the nation would broaden its travel limitations basically until early this year.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. Source: Time Magazine

An exchange programme official at the Ministry of Education said: “We can’t say just let in exchange students under these circumstances.”

The majority of the universities have resumed their exchange programmes, Japan remains the only G7 country to impose a full travel ban. The University of Tokyo sent 49 of its students abroad last year but took none in. “This is not the way student exchange programmes are supposed to work,” said the coordinator of the University of Tokyo.

Hiroshi Ota, a professor at Hitotsubashi University, was quoted saying: “Universities in English-speaking countries are particularly sensitive about imbalances in the number of exchange students.”

As of now, Japan’s entry ban has been a source of frustration for some global students locked out of the country. Reports say the nation’s boundary closure, over the long haul, will influence Japanese organizations, including their choices to draw in and employ global talent.

Japan’s travel ban has implied that universities abroad have quit sending their students to the country. The University of California, Johns Hopkins University, McGill University and the Australian National University are included.

With the number of worldwide students on a consistent decrease in Japan, many stranded students have been effectively requesting the government to give them access. International student advocate Davide Rossi, the leader overseer of Open the boundaries to safe review in Japan Association​ that helps support worldwide students and workers stranded outside Japan, is helping students.

“Just in July this year, there are about 170,000 stranded students waiting to re-enter Japan. What made things worse though, is that the country is still open to Japanese citizens and travellers that can still go abroad and come back — not to mention travellers from the Olympics in Tokyo,” Rossi told Study International in an interview the previous year.

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