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Japan immigration

Japan to boost education support for non-native children

Easier-to-read entrance tests among proposals for more inclusive schools

Foreign children study at the New International School of Japan in Tokyo. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- Japan will provide more support for educating children of foreign nationals from early childhood through high school, including by increasing Japanese-language classes, under a plan released Monday.

The education ministry's proposals follow changes in April to immigration law that allow certain foreign workers to bring family with them to Japan. Schools had already been facing a rise in students learning Japanese as a second language, prompting criticism that efforts on this front were lagging.

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