John Kerry says foreign students are skeered of our guns and won’t come study here, because of the gun violence.
“We had an interesting discussion about why fewer students are coming to, particularly from Japan, to study in the United States, and one of the responses I got from our officials from conversations with parents here is that they’re actually scared. They think they’re not safe in the United States and so they don’t come,” Kerry said.
He noted Japan’s restrictive gun laws – which prevent private ownership of nearly all firearms, including handguns – and said the country was safer “where people are not running around with guns.”
In 2011, Japan sent 21,290 students to study in the United States, making it the seventh largest country of origin for international scholars. That was down 14% from the previous year, according to numbers from the Institute of International Education.
And that must be because of guns! Their homogeneous society and lack of actual respect for fundamental rights would have nothing to do with that, would it?
Japan’s crime rate is low overall – and it has nothing to do with guns, but don’t let that stop you from making a plug for your gun control agenda, Johnny Boy!
And by the way, according to the New York Times, the decline in Japanese students studying abroad isn’t just an American phenomenon. In 2011, the Times reported that fewer Japanese students were studying abroad overall.
According to the latest statistics available from the Japanese Ministry of Education and Science, the number of Japanese students studying abroad declined 11 percent to 67,000 in 2008, compared to 2007. The number was off 20 percent from the peak in 2004 and according to experts and university officials, that downward trajectory has continued since 2008.
The theory was that Japanese students “were increasingly becoming introverted and risk-averse… and were unwilling and ill-prepared to take on new challenges.”
And further, that trend is apparently reversing itself.
While the number of overseas students from other major Asian countries like China and India has boomed, there was a precipitous decline in the number of Japanese studying abroad. According to figures from the government and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 83,000 Japanese studied overseas in 2004, though that number dropped to fewer than 60,000 in 2009.
However, experts say the downward trend is reversing in Japan, partly because of demands by major employers, which are seeking to globalize.
But hey! We should all put down our guns right now and immediately sacrifice our rights and freedoms.
Because John Kerry says Japanese students are cowards.