Allowances sent from home to freshmen at private colleges in the 2012 academic year fell to a record low average of ¥89,500 per month, a recent Tokyo college staff union poll has found.

The level reflects a decline of ¥1,800 from an average ¥91,300 in the previous academic year, said the Tokyo Federation of Private University Faculty and Staff Unions, which began keeping such records in 1985. The 1994 academic year saw the highest allowances, which averaged ¥124,900.

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