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Shady foreign student oversight reflects Japan’s social problems

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More than 1,600 foreign students at the Tokyo University of Social Welfare have gone missing in the past three years, according to recent revelations.

The education ministry and the Immigration Services Agency have punished the university for poor enrollment management by banning the educational institution, at least for the time being, from accepting students in the category of non-regular “research students” and by suspending issuance of visas to those students.

This category, which is not subject to the designated quota, has been used by the university as a legal loophole to lure foreign students. There is a compelling case for the disciplinary actions against the university.

The number of foreign students at the university has soared 15-fold in five years to some 5,000, the second largest among Japanese universities. Of that total, 80 percent are non-regular students including the research students.

The university has defended the program as “a rescue” for foreign students who have failed to formally enroll at any university in Japan.

But this claim is hardly convincing given the dismal learning environment at........

© The Asahi Shimbun