Japan Go Global

Posted by whsaito

  1. Dr. Saito,
    I cannot agree with you more on this issue. Japan is becoming isolated from the outside world in the midst of globalization. The number of Japanese students at US top schools has been deacreasing rapidly, both for undergraduate and graduate level. Based on my quick survey on the trends at Harvard and MIT, the number of Japanese students at Harvard decreased from 181 in 1995-96 to 107 in 2008-09. There is a similar trend at MIT as well. (117 in 1999-2000, 71 in 2009/2010) Moreover, Japanese undergraduates are extremely rare now; MIT has “zero” Japanese undergraduate student this year, and Harvard only has 5. It is important to note that there is a surge in the number of international students (e.g. at Harvard, increased from 2,818 in 1998-99 to 4,007 in 2008-09.) I recently confirmed Japan is the ONLY COUNTRY with a significant decrease in the number of students coming to the US.(more than 10% decrease in 2008/09). There was 13% decrease in Japanese students coming to the US, while the total number of foreign students in the US increased 8% in 2008/09. This isolation is quite dangerous for both Japan and neighbor countries.

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