The number of Japanese and other East Asians coming to Britain to study English has fallen in recent years as more young people are opting to study the language at home.

The numbers from Japan are decreasing for several reasons -- a weak Japanese economy, the falling birthrate, the growing popularity of Chinese and more chances to study English at home.

This is one of the findings of a report commissioned by the British Council and presented recently in London.

The study says English language teachers and schools in Britain need to diversify their services to keep up with the changing needs of students.