A total of 318 universities in Japan offered course work in English or other foreign languages in fiscal 2002, up from 256 the previous year, according to a survey released Tuesday by the education ministry. The figure equals about 46 percent of the nation’s universities, according to the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry.

The ministry said the figure comprised 79 national, 29 public and 210 private universities.

At Tokyo Christian University’s theology department, 20 percent of the course work is given in English, while Otaru University of Commerce in Hokkaido offers English lectures in classes related to economics.

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