Foreign students who fled Japan after it was rocked by natural disasters and a nuclear crisis in the spring appear to be returning to the country, reports The Japan Times. A recent ministry of education survey shows that 96 percent of the overseas students at 135 educational institutions have returned. The government helped smooth their way by simplifying the application process for re-entry permits, offering to pay airfare for students on government scholarships, and providing emergency funds to 1,000 foreign students at universities in the disaster area.
Despite the survey results, the newspaper notes that Japanese-language schools are experiencing a sharp decline in the number of applications for the fall.
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