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Government considers limiting entry to Tokyo colleges

The government is considering establishing a new regulation that would prevent universities in Tokyo’s 23 wards from increasing the total number of students they can have, in principle, in a bid to rectify the excessive concentration of young people in the capital and promote regional vitalisation, reports The Yomiuri Shimbun.

Over the last decade there has been an almost constant increase in students attending universities in Tokyo’s 23 wards. A total of 525,987 students went to 93 national, public or private universities in the wards as of the last academic year, making up 18.3% of university students nationwide.

The overall population in the 23 wards in 2015 accounted for 7.2% of the nationwide population, meaning the percentage of university students far exceeds the general population rate. This stems from Tokyo universities tending to increase their enrolment to reinforce their business base, in response to the chronically low birthrate.
Full report on The Japan News site
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