A survey conducted by the Japan Student Services Organization for the 2016 academic year found that nearly three-quarters of international students in Japan who completed programs at universities and other educational institutions—excluding language schools—remained in Japan to either pursue employment or a higher degree. According to results released by JASSO in February 2018, 23.5% of the graduates returned to their home country, while another 2.0% moved to a foreign country other than Japan.
Over 80% of international students graduating from junior colleges and colleges of technology, and just under 70% of those graduating from universities and graduate schools, remained in Japan. The paths of students after graduating and earning a degree varied depending on where they were studying. One point worth noting is that under 50% of those completing a doctorate course remained in Japan, whereas the majority of them returned to their home countries; this statistic was quite different from the results for other levels of education.
What International Students Who Choose to Stay in Japan Do After Completing a Course of Study by Academic Level