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Japan immigration

Japan to train hundreds of immigrant support staffers

Newcomers call for one-stop service for addressing everyday problems

A teacher in Yamagata teaches Japanese to foreigners. (Photo by Mizuho Miyazaki)

TOKYO -- Japan plans to train in several years more than 300 professionals who will help immigrants sign up for government services or address everyday issues as part of broader efforts to facilitate their adjustment to new lives.

Under a proposal compiled by experts on Friday, the government will provide the training and those who complete it will be certified as support coordinators. The curriculum will be set by fiscal 2023, with the program starting in fiscal 2024.

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