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Colleges and universities in Japan and the United States face unprecedented challenges that will make them unrecognizable in the years ahead. Whether they can reconcile the demands made by students and society will determine their ultimate fate.

Japan is far more realistic than the U.S. in this regard. When the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology recommended the creation of a new type of four-year vocational university, it was evidence that the traditional way of educating students beyond high school was an anachronism.

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