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ERIC Number: EJ1136077
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-2161-7252
International Education in Japan: Response of the Grass-Eaters
Carpenter, Walter
Journal of International Education and Leadership, v2 n1 Spr 2012
This paper reviews some of the reasons why a majority of Japanese university students are not interested in study-abroad, international-education type programs. A general consensus in Japan is that disinterest in studying abroad is reflective of the values held by many Japanese young people, often referred to as the "grass-eating" generation. A "grass eater," as defined by the Japanese grass-eater image, is a docile, nonassertive person; someone who desires and is fully content with a passive, stress-free, calm, routine-filled, lifestyle. Grass-eaters are an important and identifiable sub-section of the current Japanese youth scene. A large proportion of this generation are looking for alternative ways to complete higher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A