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Tokyo considers national standards for Japanese language schools

Unified certification for teachers also recommended by panel

A teacher at a Japanese-language school in Tokyo explains a verb meaning "to work." (Photo by Mayumi Tsumita)

TOKYO -- Japan has moved a step closer to setting national standards for Japanese-language schools in an effort to raise the level of education for foreign residents, a demographic that officials hope will supplement the nation's shrinking labor force.

A panel under the Agency for Cultural Affairs on Wednesday put forward a report summary that calls for establishing an accreditation program for language schools and requiring national teacher certification.

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