Japanese authorities will assist overseas students to resume studies in the country after the earthquake and tsunami catastrophes on March 11.

The Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) will provide overseas students with air tickets to return to Japan for study purposes. The plan targets overseas students who were granted Japanese government scholarships but had to temporarily return home due to the disasters last month.

MEXT will organise a contest for self-sufficient overseas students to grant them scholarships for the first term, lasting from April to July.

The Japanese government will also implement programmes to support quake-hit victims, including foreign students. The government provided urgent aid to around 1,000 foreign students with 125,000 Japanese yen (1,500 USD) to tertiary students, 154,000 Japanese yen (1,800 USD) to Masters students and 155,000 Japanese yen (1,900 USD) to Doctorate students.

Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice will facilitate overseas students in different procedures including re-issuing visas, tuition fees and health care./.