Ever at the mercy of waxing and waning diplomatic and economic conditions between the two nations, there have been ebbs and flows of Chinese student migration to Japan since the late 1800s. For most of the past decade, around 60 percent of the international students in Japan have come from China. At present, Japan hosts 94,000 Chinese students, meaning they make up just over half of the 184,000 international students in Japan.

But who are these Chinese students? How do they get into Japanese universities, why do they come, and where do they hope to go after they graduate?

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