Japanese Exchange Students and Outreach to Japanese Students Steadily Decreasing at American Universities

Japanese Exchange Students and Outreach to Japanese Students Steadily Decreasing at American Universities Yomiuri Shimbun, January 8, 2010: 日本人留学が先細り、勧誘続々打ち切り…米大学 Yuji Yoshigata reporting from New York Numbers of Japanese and Chinese Exchange Students at American Universities

Numbers of Japanese and Chinese Exchange Students at American Universities, according to the Institute of International Education Left Axis: Exchange Students in the Tens of Thousands Bottom Axis: Year Right Axis: American Universities Attending IIE Study Abroad Fair in Japan Rising Line: Chinese Students Falling Red Line: Japanese Students Blue Bars: American Universities Attending IIE Study Abroad Fair in Japan In Other Words: Chinese and Japanese exchange students were equal in 1998. Since then, Japanese students have steadily declined, and recently schools attending the IIE’s study abroad fair have plummeted from over a hundred to a couple dozen. The number of Chinese exchange students steadily increased until 2006 and exploded afterward.

American universities’ recruitment of Japanese students has steadily decreased over the last few years. Study abroad fairs and informational events in Japan are tapering off, the American agency of the Yomiuri Shimbun discovered in a recent investigation. The decline in students from Japan, once a promising market for the United States, and the universities’ renewed targeting of countries like China sends worrying signals about the future of the U.S.-Japan relationship. Japan, once the country with the most exchange students in the U.S., is now far behind China and has fallen all the way to 6th place in that respect. This is said to reflect the introversion of Japanese students and their declining interest in foreign countries. Since 1919, the Institute of International Education, an American non-profit research institute, has hosted a study abroad fair in Japan every year, but with the decline of Japanese students, participating American universities have declined 80%, from 106 to 21. This is in sharp contrast with the steady increase of universities at the IIE’s fairs in China, India, Vietnam, and the like. The IIE, as an international educational exchange organization with ties all over the United States, has a strong relationship with the Japan board of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship. IIE Executive Vice President Peggy Blumenthal, touching on the impact people have had all over the world after studying abroad in the U.S. post-World War II, is vexed by the diminution of Japanese students and says that “this will have serious consequences on the American-Japanese relationship 10 or 20 years down the line.” Nevertheless, in the face of the continued decline, the organization is “considering canceling its event” in Tokyo. Linden Tours, a Washington, D.C.-based company which helps American students study abroad, sent students from 35-40 universities to Japan every year, but in 2009 it removed Japan from its list of destinations. The University of Denver ceased to participate in the IIE fair in 2008. Marjorie Smith, Director of International Admission, said that “because students in Japan aren’t interested, there’s no point in sending a representative. This despite the strong yen favoring them…I wonder what’s happening over there. The dramatic drop-off in Japanese students is perplexing.” Japanese Exchange Students at American Universities From 1994-95, Japanese were the most numerous exchange students in the United States for four consecutive school years, peaking at 47,073 in 1997-98 and leveling off afterward. Since 2005-06, the number of students has declined every year. The last two years have seen double-digit drops: 13.9% from ’07-’08 to ’08-’09 and 15.1% from ’08-’09 to ’09-’10. There were 24,842 Japanese exchange students in America in 2009-10, good for 6th place in the country. Two explanations are that Japanese university admissions have declined as a whole owing to the country’s low birth rate, and study abroad interferes with junior year job-hunting.











(2011年1月8日14時35分 読売新聞)

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