Extended border shutdown keeps international students from entering Japan

Japan’s goal to host 300,000 foreign students by 2020 was successfully achieved a year ahead in 2019. However, the international student population has spiraled since.

A 90% drop in the number of international student enrollments has been reported by the Immigration Services Agency of Japan. The comparison was made for student enrollments in 2019 and 2021.

Less than 90 students are permitted entry into the country in February 2022. The number is not even close to being 1% of the total 147,000 international students that have been waiting to enter the country. 

The 87 students that have been granted entry permission are set to graduate within the academic year and are funded by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

The alarming rate of rising Covid infections has not only negatively impacted existing international students but also the prospective students planning higher education in Japan.