Apr 28, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

In 2016, the number of international students in Japan increased by 14.8 percent, as compared to a year earlier.  Why?  A big boost from students in Vietnam.

As per the Japan Student Services Organization, as of May 2016, 239,287 students studied in Japan.

Where did they come from?  China made up the biggest number of international students at 98,483, an increase of 4,372 students from the prior year.  Vietnam saw a 14,925-student increase, for a total of 53,807 Vietnamese students studying in Japan in 2015.  Almost 50 percent studied at Japanese language schools.  Nepalese students comprised 19,471 students, a 3,221-student increase.

Why such a big shift from Vietnam?  More Japanese companies are seeking collaborative partnerships in Vietnam.  There is also a bigger push from nations in Southeast Asia to study in Japan. 

Interestingly, the number of Japanese students studying abroad fell 3.9 percent in 2014.  The US is still the most popular destination. 

Learn more about studying in Japan.    

Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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