Ministry to raise foreign students numbers to 300,000The Japan Times.
The ASEAN region is increasing in importance as a market for Japanese companies because its member states are getting wealthier and accelerating their development. Hence, increasing the number of students from the region studying in Japan is essential to nurture future businesspeople or politicians to work between Japan and ASEAN member states.
As of 1 May 2014, Japan had 184,133 foreign students, up 9% from 168,145 a year earlier, according to the Japan Student Services Organization, or JASSO. Students from ASEAN’s 10 member states more than doubled to 38,970 as of 1 May 2014, from 15,095 in 2010, according to JASSO.
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