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Japanese educator to acquire Canadian, US language schools

Human Holdings sees demand from Asians seeking to learn English

TOKYO -- Human Holdings, a Japanese education services provider, will purchase a company that operates language schools in Canada and the U.S., seeing an opportunity to place more Asian exchange students in its programs.

Tokyo subsidiary Human Academy is to pay roughly 300 million yen ($2.68 million) for the operator of three schools affiliated with the International House World Organization of language schools. The campuses are located in San Diego, California, as well as in Vancouver and Whistler in Canada.

Through these schools, Human Academy plans to offer a program that enables students to enroll in local partner colleges without taking entrance exams. A course for an English teaching accreditation recognized in Japan will also be offered. Human Holdings is also exploring tie-ups with its job placement services.

The group operates human resources and education businesses in Asia outside Japan as well. 

(Nikkei)

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