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Indiana College Students in Japan Not Returning Home

Many Indiana college students are studying in Japan but most colleges and universities are not making them return home, despite worries about radiation levels there. Only Earlham College in Richmond is recommending its 25 students studying abroad to return to the U.S., at least until classes resume in May.

Japan study director Gary Decoaker said five students have already returned and if students can‘t make the trip, the college will pay for a trip to the Japanese city of Kyoto.

Purdue has 6 students in Japan and while the University is not forcing them to come home, some still may because of delays or cancellations in their programs.

IU has 10 students in Japan while IUPUI has one. Purdue, IU and IUPUI have all said they will work with any students who want to come home.

Ball State has 4 students in Japan, but only three of them are currently in the country. The university is not recommending they come home and none have expressed any interest in returning immediately.

Both Indiana State and Butler each have 1 student in Japan and both are in the southern part of the country, far away from the Fukushima nuclear facility.

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