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Nepal to send older students to Japan as countermeasure.

KATHMANDU, March 27 Kyodo

Nepal will send older people for education and training in Japan in an effort to solve the problem of Nepalese students disappearing as illegal migrants after their training, a Nepalese government official said Tuesday.

Some 17 Nepalese students are known to have disappeared in Japan following completion of their studies, Durganath Dahal of the Foreign Cooperation Coordination Division of the Nepalese Finance Ministry said.

''These students, who went to study under scholarship assistance provided by the Japanese government, are now believed to be illegally settling in that country,'' he said.

A high-level Japanese economic consultation team that visited Nepal recently raised the issue with Nepalese government officials and indicated that the number of student scholarships given to Nepal by Japan could be reduced.

As a measure to check the trend, preference will be given to mature and older persons for training in Japan, Dahal said.

Nepal will also request Japan to urge Japanese citizens not to give jobs to Nepalese people living in Japan without proper visas, he said.

Other measures being considered include compulsory signing of a bond promising to pay back the scholarship money, as well as refusal by the Nepalese Embassy in Tokyo to extend the terms of passports of Nepalese who have completed their study or training, he said.

In the past two decades, hundreds of Nepalese in Japan, including students, athletes, factory workers, and officials, have disappeared to illegally settle in the country, according to an official of the Nepal-Japan Friendship and Culture Organization.
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Date:Apr 2, 2001
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