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Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Process of Unshaftification

Even bureaucrats can, on occasion, recognize the error of their ways...


"The government will expand an emergency relief payment program to cover undergraduate students from T'áiwān 台灣 studying in the disaster-stricken Tōhoku region 東北地方, after having earlier denied such payments, according to Japan's de facto mission in T'áiwān.

The Interchange Association 財團法人交流協會「財団法人交流協会」 said in a statement issued Tuesday that applicants eligible for the one-month payment must demonstrate an excellent scholastic record and financial difficulty in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami 東北地方太平洋沖地震 that devastated the region's coastal areas in March.

The policy shift was made after Taiwanese undergraduate students studying at a private university in Tochigi Prefecture 栃木県 lodged a protest earlier this month.

After the disaster struck, the education ministry 文科省 had asked universities in affected regions to solicit applications for the one-month relief payments of ¥125,000 ($1590/NT45,815) for eligible undergraduate students studying at their own expense in the country, treating them the same as students on government scholarship programs."

(Kyōdō News 共同通信社, Japan Times ジャパンタイムズ

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