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Tokyo readies licenses for Japanese-language teachers

Certification to improve system where 60% of instructors are volunteers

A member of the South Sudan Olympic track team attends a Japanese-language school in Maebashi, Japan. (Photo by Yuta Kimura)

TOKYO -- Japan is preparing to issue licenses for teaching Japanese to non-native speakers, in a push to standardize instruction as the number of foreigners learning the national language begins to swell.

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