A few weeks ago the Asahi News on-line reported the following:
It was turned out by an investigation of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology that twenty percent of the about 80,000 people had resigned from a university, a junior college, or a technical college in the 2012 fiscal year due to economic reasons. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology was considering introducing scholarships etc. to make payment burdens lighter with reference to the income.
In February - March this year a total of 1,191 schools of public and private university, junior college, and technical college in the country were asked about the number of dropouts in the 2012 fiscal year and the reasons etc. There were replies from 1163 schools (the number of students was about 2,990,000 people) which amounted to 97.6%. This investigation was the second time since 2007 fiscal year (official announcement made in 2009).
The number of people dropped out was 79,311, being an increase of about 16,000 people compared with the last investigation. "Economic reason" (20.4%) as the reason for quitting school was the majority (except for ‘Others’) for the third time, with a 6.4 points increase compared with the previous investigation.
Among the dropouts in national universities, the rate in choosing the "Economic reason" was 11.6%. Compared with the 22.6% in private college which had high entrance fee and tuition fee, it was nearly a double of the national universities. Among the about 10,000 tuition-fee-defaulters, the private colleges had about 9000 people in the majority.
The person in charge of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology explained that "the tightening of domestic income has served as a backdrop for the widening in the gaps".
The number of temporary-absence-from-school people was 67,654, being an increase of about 20,000 in number compared with last time. The "Economic reason" (15.5%) was the most majority (except for “Others”). However, some students had gone "Study abroad" (15.0%).
From now on the intention of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology would be to proceed with the introduction of the "income-linked return model scholarship" etc. which would adjust the monthly payment amount according to the annual income so as to reduce the number of students quitting school for economic reasons.
I hope the introduction of the "income-linked return model scholarship" can help the situation.