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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Guidebook to Japanese colleges makes way to bookstores in China

Kyodo

A guidebook on Japanese universities hit the shelves of bookstores in major Chinese cities earlier this month to attract more students amid declining enrollment.

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Study guide: The Chinese-language book "Study in Japan" contains information for Chinese students seeking to study at Japanese universities. KYODO

The book provides details on about 600 public and private universities in Japan and tips on how to find jobs as well.

As of May last year, some 140,000 non-Japanese were enrolled at universities and other institutions of learning in Japan. Chinese made up the bulk of the students at around 88,000.

"We want to help increase the number of Chinese students further," said an official with a Tokyo-based nonprofit group that promotes bilateral educational exchanges and supervised the guidebook.

The book cites the Hayabusa space probe, which concluded a seven-year trip to asteroid Itokawa in 2010, and Japan's research on induced pluripotent stem cells for regenerative medicine as examples of Japan's contributions to cutting-edge technology. It also ranks colleges by academic discipline.

The book might be sold in Japan in the future, targeting foreign students, the NPO said.



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