Japanese authorities will assist overseas students to resume studies in the country after the earthquake and tsunami catastrophes on March 11.
The Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) will provide overseas students with air tickets to return to Japan for study purposes. The plan targets overseas students who were granted Japanese government scholarships but had to temporarily return home due to the disasters last month.
MEXT will organise a contest for self-sufficient overseas students to grant them scholarships for the first term, lasting from April to July.
The Japanese government will also implement programmes to support quake-hit victims, including foreign students. The government provided urgent aid to around 1,000 foreign students with US$1,500 to tertiary students, US$1,800 to Masters students and US$1,900 to Doctorate students.
The Japanese Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Justice will facilitate the return of overseas students by providing visas, tuition fees and health care services for them.