• Chatan, Okinawa


I had difficulty agreeing with Dipak Basu’s Dec. 2 letter, “Good reasons to stay at home,” about why Japanese youth tend not to study abroad. He mentions costs and the fear of racism.

Regarding tuition, there are tuition-waiver programs for sister schools, and as for living expenses, careful budgeting and a strong yen makes study abroad certainly doable, especially in the United States. Having studied abroad more than two decades ago in France as well as doing a semester-long internship in Washington, D.C., I benefited from a tuition-waiver program and lived a Spartan student life in Paris and then in Washington.

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