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Now admitting: Japan aims to regain 300,000 foreign students

Education ministry targets 2027 for full recovery after pandemic travel ban

The number of international students in Japan slid from more than 310,000 in fiscal 2019 to 242,000 in fiscal 2021. (Photo by Yo Inoue)

TOKYO -- Japan's education ministry will step up efforts to bring in more foreign students and send more Japanese counterparts abroad, Nikkei learned Tuesday, seeking to revive cross-border study to pre-pandemic levels by 2027.

The travel ban instituted after the pandemic dealt a serious blow to such student traffic, alarming a corporate sector eager to attract overseas talent. 

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