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Japanese-language schools face tighter rules on quality

Some institutions under scrutiny for being too quick to help foreign students find work

Vietnamese students attend class at a Japanese-language school in Sakai, Osaka.

TOKYO -- Japan's government will soon make it harder for foreign students at Japanese-language schools to complete their courses quickly and spend the rest of the year working. The initiative reflects government concerns that the rapid increase in the number of such schools has led to a deterioration in the quality of education they provide.

"What we need to do is to have Japanese language schools refocus on what they are supposed to do, namely to provide Japanese-language learning," a Justice Ministry official said.

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