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The Growth and Increase Percentage in Number of International Students

(Unit: person)
Year Number of students Annual increace Annual % change
1983 10,428 2,312 28.5%
1984 12,410 1,982 19.0%
1985 15,009 2,599 20.9%
1986 18,631 3,622 24.1%
1987 22,154 3,523 18.9%
1988 25,643 3,489 15.7%
1989 31,251 5,608 21.9%
1990 41,347 10,096 32.3%
1991 45,066 3,719 9.0%
1992 48,561 3,495 7.8%
1993 52,405 3,844 7.9%
1994 53,787 1,382 2.6%
1995 53,847 60 0.1%
1996 52,921 -926 -1.7%
1997 51,047 -1,874 -3.5%
1998 51,298 251 0.5%
1999 55,755 4,457 8.7%
2000 64,011 8,256 14.8%
2001 78,812 14,801 23.1%
2002 95,550 16,738 21.2%
2003 109,508 13,958 14.6%
2004 117,302 7,794 7.1%
2005 121,812 4,510 3.8%
2006 117,927 -3,885 -3.2%
2007 118,498 571 0.5%
2008 123,829 5,331 4.5%
2009 132,720 8,891 7.2%
2010 141,774 9,054 6.8%
Year Higher Education Institutions and Japanese language Institutes Higher Education Institutions Japanese language Institutes
Number of students Annual increace Annual % change Number of students Annual increace Annual % change Number of students Annual increace Annual % change
2011 163,697 138,075 138,075 -2.6% 25,622
2012 161,848 -1,849 -1.1% 137,756 -319 -0.2% 24,092 -1,530 -6.0%
2013 168,145 6,297 3.9% 135,519 -2,237 -1.6% 32,626 8,534 35.4%
2014 184,155 16,010 9.5% 139,185 3,666 2.7% 44,970 12,344 37.8%
2015 208,379 24,224 13.2% 152,062 12,877 9.3% 56,317 11,347 25.2%
2016 239,287 30,908 14.8% 171,122 19,060 12.5% 68,165 11,848 21.0%

(As of each May 1)
※In accordance with the unification of student visas, the total number of international students including Japanese language institutes is also drawn since 2011.