Yu Yanagisawa, a chemistry researcher at the University of Tokyo. The university placed joint 36th in the Times Higher Education World International University Rankings 2020. Photo: AFP

Why are Japan’s universities lagging so far behind their international peers?

  • Despite Prime Minister Abe’s plan to see 10 Japanese universities in the world’s top 100, rankings have steadily slipped since 2013
  • Experts say the poor performance is the result of a lack of English-language innovation, university funding and internationalisation
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Yu Yanagisawa, a chemistry researcher at the University of Tokyo. The university placed joint 36th in the Times Higher Education World International University Rankings 2020. Photo: AFP
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