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Japan immigration

Foreign students in Japan face big hurdles entering public high schools

Despite government guidance, many institutions offer no help with entrance exams

Foreign students in Tokyo take a class to prepare for their high school entrance examinations. (Photo by Mayumi Tsumita)

TOKYO/OSAKA -- Nearly three-quarters, or 73%, of Japanese public high schools have no framework for accepting foreign resident students, putting them at a serious disadvantage in visa status and work opportunities, a Nikkei survey shows.

Compulsory education in Japan runs only through ninth grade -- the final year of middle school. More than 99% of students still go on to high school or vocational school, with high schools giving entrance examinations like those of universities.

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