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Japan immigration

Japan's international schools flourish despite legal gray area

Parents increasingly shun traditional classrooms for more global education

Sixty percent of the students at the Global Indian International School, in Tokyo's Edogawa Ward, are Indians.

TOKYO -- In a country where schoolchildren must adhere to strict uniform regulations and rote learning is common, increasing numbers of parents are choosing to give their kids a more diverse education, despite it being technically illegal.

International schools, which typically conduct classes in English, are flourishing in Japan. The number of students at these schools has jumped about 30% in four years.

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