Filippo Pedretti, M.A. student at University of Padua/Ca' Foscari University of Venice
Giulia Luzzo, M.A. student at University of Turin

14:00-15:00 Wednesday, May 26, 2021
The speech and Q & A will be in English.

International students stranded outside Japan

While many nations have enacted border controls to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, few have been as strict as Japan, which has been virtually walled off to non-citizens over the past year. That has been particularly hard on international students, who have been refused entry on their visas to take classes at Japanese universities.

The lucky ones stay up late into the night in their home countries to take online courses during Japanese class times. Others have forfeited scholarships and years of their productive, educational careers. Meanwhile, Japan is two months away from welcoming tens of thousands of athletes, coaches and media to the Tokyo Olympics. Our guests say this policy is unscientific and discriminatory, running counter to Japan’s aim to be a global powerhouse of academic excellence.

How to attend: 
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How to watch online:  
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