Japan: Debunking the “inward-looking” myth

Date: 
Fri, 14/11/2014

A new British Council research report finds Japanese students who have studied abroad are more optimistic about their futures than students who have not, and that overall Japanese student sentiment towards overseas study is equal to UK and US peers.

According to a new British Council research report that analysed survey responses from over 2,000 Japanese students, those who have study abroad experience were more optimistic about their futures than their counterparts who wanted to study only in Japan. In Japan: Debunking the “inward-looking” myth, the belief that a so-called “inward-looking” mindset has contributed to a recent decline in Japanese students studying abroad is examined. In 2004, 83,000 students studied abroad – the country’s high -- but in 2011 the number fell to 57,501, according to Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.