Japanese universities offer spas to win applicants

June 25, 2007

Japan’s post-secondary system is one of the longest-running and most established in Asia, but population shifts are seeing increasing numbers of empty seats in classrooms.  To compete for students, Japan’s universities are offering residences with private karaoke rooms, swimming pools and spas.  Hundreds of elementary and secondary schools have already fallen victim to an aging population and have been forced to shut their doors.  So far, 3 universities have declared bankruptcy due to lack of students.  “We are entering an era of survival of the fittest.”  The New York Times