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Japan's Hope: If You Build It, They Will Come

Feb 25, 2013 - The New York Times - Biographical Materials

TOKYO -- The colorful education minister of Japan, Makiko Tanaka, riled Japanese academia last autumn when she denied accreditation to three new schools on the grounds that ''there are too many universities in Japan.''

She later took it back when her decision was met with fierce resistance. (And then she lost her job when the governing party lost a parliamentary election in December.)

But her comment left a lingering question: Japan's youth population is declining, so why do new un...