Since Japan imposed entry restrictions on April 3, many students and academics have been left stranded outside the country, unable to pursue their studies and research. Many have also lost the scholarships that have funded their studies so far.
On this episode we’re taking a look at how Japan’s international students and academics have been affected by the entry bans. Though the government is expected to change its policy imminently, to date the border closures have had an overwhelmingly negative impact on Japan’s universities, even as the country tries to position itself on the international stage as a more attractive place to study.
We hear from regular Japan Times contributor and consultant Rochelle Kopp about how the border closures have impacted international students in Japan, and also from masters student Angus Watson about his experiences coming back to Japan after being stuck outside for six months.
- Japan may allow in all stranded foreign residents from September (Magdalena Osumi, The Japan Times)
- Japan’s re-entry ban threatens scholarships, admission and graduation for foreign students (Magdalena Osumi, The Japan Times)
- Travel bans throttle Japanese universities’ global ambitions (Rochelle Kopp, The Japan Times)
- I’m happy to be in Japan, but it shouldn’t have taken this long to get back (Angus Watson, The Japan Times)
- Episode 60: Japan’s foreign residents are trapped — Part 2 (Deep Dive)
- Episode 51: Japan’s foreign residents are trapped – Part 1 (Deep Dive)
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