From Japan Today:
"It's ironic, but it took this crisis to make universities realize they actually have to educate their students." Atsushi Hamana, president of the Kansai University of International Studies, saying that financial pressures and a lack of students are forcing universities to improve or perish, a big change in a country where higher education has long been viewed as a four-year break before entering the work force. (International Herald Tribune)
The dirty little secret of Japanese higher education is that it is a simulacrum of education. Therefore most companies feel that they will need to train their employees and pay little attention to the field of study or grades, rather they rely on the prestige of the school. I don’t really see it changing yet. I guess slowly you are getting changes like having benchmark TOEIC scores for students before they are allowed to graduate. But essentially, it is business as usual. Low expectations, low standards and little actual learning.