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Japan entry ban puts student exchange programs at risk

University of California, Johns Hopkins and more won't send undergrads in spring

A hybrid online class at Doshisha University in Kyoto: Japan remains an outlier in the G-7 for its entry ban on international students. (Photo by Tomoki Mera)

TOKYO -- Japanese entry restrictions meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus create a barrier for international students, threatening to undermine participation in exchange programs by Japan's universities, school officials say.

The University of Tokyo sent 49 students abroad under exchange agreements in the fall 2021 semester, but took in none from overseas. Flows in both directions plunged compared with fall 2019 -- before the COVID-19 pandemic began -- when they were 124 and 146, respectively.

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