Yuichi Oda, who is in charge of student exchange programs in the higher education bureau of Japan’s Education Ministry said, ‘Chinese students are often referred to as being well-grounded in their academic studies, outstanding in their theoretical level and fine in their personal qualities at universities here.
He said, ‘In a sense, Japan’s education for overseas students can not possibly make progress without the participation of those from China.’
Chinese students account for more than 60% of overseas students studying in Japan, a marked rise from some 20% in 1983.
Chinese students began to study in Japan in 1972 when the two nations normalized their diplomatic relations, but the number remained small until 1978. It hit a peak in 2005 when a total of 80,592 Chinese students were studying in Japan.
In July 2008, six Japanese government departments, including the education, foreign and justice ministries, launched a program aimed at attracting 300,000 overseas students to Japan.
Under the program, relevant authorities will simplify immigration procedures, facilitate the internationalization of universities and provide support for overseas students in their daily life and employment.
Source: China View