Skip to comments.Once drawn to U.S. universities, more Japanese students staying home
Posted on 04/10/2010 9:15:09 PM PDT by Saije
Takuya Otani would love an MBA from a top U.S. business school, but he won't apply. When he graduates from college in Tokyo next year, he'll pass on an American degree and attend graduate school in Japan.
"I am a grass-eater," Otani said wistfully, using an in-vogue expression for a person who avoids stress, controls risk and grazes contentedly in home pastures.
Once a voracious consumer of American higher education, Japan is becoming a nation of grass-eaters. Undergraduate enrollment in U.S. universities has fallen 52 percent since 2000; graduate enrollment has dropped 27 percent.
It is a steep, sustained and potentially harmful decline for an export-dependent nation that is losing global market share to its highly competitive Asian neighbors, whose students are stampeding into American schools.
Total enrollment from China is up 164 percent in the past decade; from India, it has jumped 190 percent. South Korea has about 76 million fewer people than Japan, but it now sends 2 1/2 times as many students to U.S. colleges.
Just one Japanese undergraduate entered Harvard's freshman class last fall. The total number of Japanese at Harvard has been falling for 15 years, while enrollment from China, South Korea and India has more than doubled...
The skepticism extends beyond students. At big Japanese companies, many bosses don't like what they see as the sometimes uppity and overly independent ways of American-educated young Japanese, said Tomoyuki Amano, chief executive of Tomorrow Inc., which publishes a magazine about foreign education.
Amano said many employers prefer the "harmony" that comes from hiring the locally educated, who they believe work longer hours, complain less and request fewer vacations.
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“When you combine a big decrease in the student population with a big increase in the number of Japanese universities and couple that with rising tuitions in U.S. colleges, you can understand why priorities have changed,” said Tokoyama.
Japan may have more “grass eaters” but the quality of American Higher education has also declined.
Of course the most famous Japanese to graduate from Harvard was Isoroku Yamamoto.
Given the predominance of Marxist professors in most American universities, smart youngsters are wise to avoid them.
You’d be better educated in most fields from a correspondence school found in the back of a comic book than from most elite sh*thole universities. Look at the ignorant POS morons from Harvard & Yale & Stanford, etc that have been screwing things up for many decades.
>>An exception to the trend: Some in corporate Japan still send promising young employees to graduate school in the United States. Eighty major companies pay Agos Japan to prep their workers for graduate schools in the United States and other countries.
The article just shows the power structure of the japanese work mindset that has proven effective in the past 4 decades: shut up and do it “this” way. However, the end of the article shows a few “rebellious” workers who want to learn how we have come up with creative thinkers that produced Google, Apple etc. and apply those sucessful principles back to the Japanese boradroom.
I’m 32 credits in to my MBA, and am thinking real hard if I have the time in the fall due to my ongoing projects. On another note: I am a member of japanese anime fansub who does the timing and karaoke of new animes coming out of Tokyo raw feeds so I may have an usual perspective..
Of course. They can get Marxism there in Japan, no need to travel to American schools to get it.
“by someone with marginal English skills (and it’s your fault you cannot understand them? “
Are you talking about my local electric company, my bank and credit card companies? The phone companies, TV and internet suppliers and “providers”? Etc., etc., etc. Doctor, lawyer, baker, candlestick maker?
Very cool! My daughter heavily into anime and anime art. She's got quite a talent for painting the characters in just seconds. She is also studying Japanese and attends several conventions each year around here.
>>Im 32 credits in to my MBA, and am thinking real hard if I have the time in the fall due to my ongoing projects. On another note: I am a member of japanese anime fansub who does the timing and karaoke of new animes coming out of Tokyo raw feeds so I may have an usual perspective.
Very cool! My daughter heavily into anime and anime art. She’s got quite a talent for painting the characters in just seconds. She is also studying Japanese and attends several conventions each year around here.
Good for your daughter. Then I have a feeling your daughter knows Bleach, One Piece, Naruto, Vampire Knight etc. I just do the special effects and timing of the English translations on the anime sub because it’s related to my work here in Hollywood. And no, I dont attend the “cosplay” conventions and wear those silly outfits LOL.
hmmm, maybe I should start an anime Freeper group..
Yes, she knows them all. She is almost 15 and has enjoyed the cosplay conventions. A little geeky, sure. Better than drugs and alcohol. She thinks what you do is very cool.
Yes, an anime ping would be fun. The graphics would disturb some of the FReepers but that would be the fun part. ;D!
P.S. Daughter wanted you to know that Full Metal Alchemist, Kurashitsuji, Deathnote, Hellsing Ultimate, Durarara and Hetalia are the characters she likes best. Sorry to trouble you, she’s a Freshman in high school. ;D!
FullMetal Alchemist we sub, along with 2 other groups. I also went rogue and did the timing and karaoke for another group for the anime: Hakuouki, about a teenage girl, while looking for her missing scientist father, along the way, meets 7 samurais who are obligated to find the father AND protect her as well. Sounds good?
I know, I sound like a geek but that’s the summary LOL! Hetalia is too cutesy for me, so I passed but I had a chance to help out for Durara but I work here in Hollywood and would prefer to get paid for my time. Fansubbing is unpaid stuff and strictly volunteer.
Side note: FYI on the new Spring 2010 anime stuff you NEED to watch out for as a parent:
B GATA H KEI: is about a girl who “needs” to lose her virginity. Keep an eye out for that...
Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou: it’s “fanservice” meaning some scenes of semi-nude girls.
K-ON, WORKING, TALES OF SYMPHONA, HETALIA: WORLD SERIES, ANGEL BEATS, KAICHOU WA MAID-SAMA..they’re Ok for HS freshmen.:)
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