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Japan’s Foreign Population Climbs to All-Time High

The population of non-Japanese living in Japan grew to a new high of over 2.23 million in 2015, boosted by a 15% increase in both foreign students and participants in a government technical trainee program.
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Speeches and Dreams: A Growing Generation of Japanese LearnersDavid McMahon

Japanese has a reputation as a fiendishly difficult language to learn. With its three writing systems, multiple levels of formality, and subtle, syllable-timed pronunciation, this unique Asian tongue seems to have put off a significant portion of prospective students for decades with the scale of the task facing them as newcomers. Even during the economic bubble years from 1986 to 1991 and the …
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