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Japan takes aim at China-backed Confucius Institutes

Review to investigate whether campus chapters spread propaganda

The Waseda University campus is home to one of the 14 Confucius Institutes in Japan. 

TOKYO -- Japanese authorities will conduct a review of a Beijing-funded educational organization known as the Confucius Institutes that operates on university campuses in light of concerns that the group is a propaganda tool of China.

Japan's education ministry will ask universities that host the institutes to provide such information as funding, the number of participating students and whether it intervenes in university research. The list of questions will be formalized by the end of the year. 

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