Japan plans to attract 400,000 foreign students per year

The Japanese government has unveiled a new goal of attracting 400,000 students annually from overseas.

The plan was presented at a meeting of the Council for the Creation of Future Education on Friday.

Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu attended the meeting along with experts including former Keio University President Seike Atsushi.

The new goal is part of a draft presented at the meeting, where participants discussed points to be included in the council's next proposal. Kishida has asked that the new proposal, which will be the council's second, be compiled by the end of April.

The draft plan says Japan will revise its plan to attract 300,000 students annually, and instead aim for 400,000 each year by 2033.

The new plan also includes a goal of increasing the number of Japanese studying abroad to 500,000 in 10 years. The latest data shows the number was about 200,000 in 2017.

Kishida said that to realize his economic policy of "a new form of capitalism," it is important to further promote investment in human resources.

He expressed his intention to encourage international exchanges, including study abroad, among the Group of Seven nations, at occasions such as the G7 summit in Hiroshima in May.