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International Schools Offer Golf, Skiing in Japan, Luring Rich Chinese Parents

Campuses are being built across Japan with boarding, top-notch facilities and a wealth of outdoor activities.

Prospective students of Harrow International School Appi Japan hike up a mountain near the school's campus in Hachimantai, Iwate Prefecture.

Prospective students of Harrow International School Appi Japan hike up a mountain near the school's campus in Hachimantai, Iwate Prefecture.

Photographer: Noriko Hayashi/Bloomberg

An international school building boom is underway in Japan, fueled by top-shelf names in education seeking to attract the children of wealthy Asian families, especially from China.

Famed British institutions Harrow, Rugby School and Malvern College are setting up campuses in the island nation, with more than 3,000 new student slots to be added over the next few years, the biggest expansion in international education in the country since 2018.