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Japan must reopen its borders to foreign students

Loss of the global classroom may never recover

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Okuma Auditorium in Waseda University campus, pictured in July 2021: Japan-bound students are now choosing other countries for their international exchange.   © Sipa/AP

Nancy Snow is a Fulbright scholar alumnus to Germany and Japan. She is Pax Mundi ("Distinguished") professor of public diplomacy at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies.

When Barack Obama visited Japan in April 2014 at the invitation of then Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, he became the first American president in 20 years to visit Japan as a formal state guest.

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