Students at the University of Tokyo campus in 2016. Japan has restricted the number of foreign arrivals during the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: Shutterstock
Students at the University of Tokyo campus in 2016. Japan has restricted the number of foreign arrivals during the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: Shutterstock
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Japan’s 2-year ban on foreign students may have driven talent away, academics say

  • Covid-19 restriction has hurt Japan’s competitiveness and caused many students to give up their plans or head elsewhere for their study abroad experience, observers say
  • Foreign students contribute to Japan’s soft power as unofficial ambassadors for the country, but ‘that opportunity has been lost for the past two years’

Students at the University of Tokyo campus in 2016. Japan has restricted the number of foreign arrivals during the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: Shutterstock
Students at the University of Tokyo campus in 2016. Japan has restricted the number of foreign arrivals during the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: Shutterstock
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