The Japanese government is anticipated to announce new border measures that would welcome back international students to the country after months of uncertainty.
According to early reports by national media, as soon as Nov. 8, Tokyo could release the new travel rules to be made effective within the month. It has also been reported that Japan will start accepting visas for studying abroad.
- The Japanese government is expected to announce the latest border measures.
- The new border measures will allow international students to travel or return to Japan.
- Roughly 370,000 foreigners, 70% of which were international students and technical interns, were waiting for the border reopening as of October.
As of October, around 370,000 foreigners, 70 percent of which were students and technical interns, were waiting for the border to reopen.
A Japanese government official said in an announcement on Nov. 2 that Japan would make efforts to allow entry by foreign nationals while continuing to monitor the situation carefully.
Different academics from universities worldwide appealed to the Japanese government to start issuing student visas, which were stopped because of the pandemic.
More than 650 academics and students from institutions in Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and other countries have urged the Japanese government to finally resume the needed process.
The key message of the petition is to warn that the ban on new visas “has eroded the global relationships and reputations of Japan’s educational institutions.”
The group has pointed out that there is a lack of reciprocity since while Japan has started sending its researchers and international students abroad, it does not receive students and academics in return.
Currently, the Japanese government remains under scrutiny as it prepares to reopen its borders to international students.
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