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The government has set an additional criterion for foreign students hoping to receiving cash handouts of up to ¥200,000 ($1,900) for students struggling financially amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, making only those in the top 30 percent of grades eligible.

The additional condition, which will create a gap in the financial support for students facing hardship in paying for tuition or living costs, has sparked criticism, as many foreign students experience the same challenges as their Japanese counterparts.

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