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The Kanto Plain College Fair Tokyo 2018 was successfully held on Sept. 14 at Hiroo Gakuen Junior and Senior High School in Tokyo’s Minato Ward.

Internationally focused high schools in the Kanto region take turns hosting this annual event for students considering studying abroad or in an international environment in Japan.

This year’s host was Hiroo Gakuen, which is known for its international course that sent its graduates to 82 universities outside Japan last year. Over 1,500 students, including about 230 from Hiroo Gakuen, visited the venue during the three-hour event. They explored and compared more than 160 tertiary institutions from around the globe, including 19 Japanese universities and colleges with courses and programs offered in English.

Jesse O’Neill from the Glasgow School of Art, who participated in the event for the first time, said that he was surprised to see the great diversity in the institutions. Director of the International Course at Hiroo Gakuen, Hisae Uematsu, explained that the school aims to make as many options available as possible — both domestically and outside of Japan — to those who attended the event, as well as its own students.

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