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| Specialized training colleges were established on the basis of miscellaneous schools. There were slightly fewer than 1,000 schools at the initial stage of the institutionalization in 1976. While the number of schools has continued to increase, in recent years this number has remained constant. Since some of the miscellaneous schools have converted to specialized training colleges, and the number of the former has been decreasing consistently.
The number of students attending specialized training colleges has decreased since 1993 due to declining birth rates, while the number of specialized training colleges has remained constant. The number of miscellaneous schools has declined to 1/6th or less of their peak once specialized training colleges were established.