Japanese universities are being asked to accept about 1,300 Brazilian science majors over the next three years in a program funded by the South American country aimed at building its industrial development and helping Japanese firms advance into its market, government officials said Tuesday.

According to the plan, the 1,300 will include 550 students seeking a Ph.D., 350 doctorate candidates who will study for one year and 100 undergraduates, said Kenji Shimboku, an official with the student exchange department of the Japan Student Services Organization.

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