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Japan immigration

Japan shoots for 400,000 foreign students by 2033

When they graduate, government intends to encourage them to stay and take jobs

A Japanese-language teacher in Tokyo demonstrates a point. Japan is determined to attract more foreign students. (Photo by Mayumi Tsumita)

TOKYO -- The Japanese government has set a target of having 400,000 foreign students studying in the country by 2033, hoping to encourage them to work in the country after they graduate.

The government's future education panel on Friday revealed the goals, which include 500,000 Japanese studying abroad by the same year. The government will include these targets in its upcoming student plan this spring.

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