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Japan immigration

Japan's new language test designed to ease labor immigration

Business-oriented exam to be offered first in Southeast Asia

Vietnamese technical trainees work at a construction site in Tokyo. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi) 

TOKYO -- Foreigners who want to work in Japan will be able to take a new test of Japanese language proficiency as soon as next April, one with a greater emphasis on practical expressions used in the workplace.

The test, which will be administered both in Japan and overseas, will assess applicants' ability to understand and use Japanese in daily life and business settings. Skills covered will include making telephone calls and scheduling meetings.

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