Japan Plans 1st National Poll on Foreign Kids' School Attendance

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Tokyo, March 5 (Jiji Press)--Japan's education ministry plans to conduct its first nationwide survey on school attendance among children of foreign nationality who live in the country.

After a study team under the ministry works out details on the method and content for the survey, the ministry will request cooperation from local governments across Japan and hopes to start it as early as April, ministry sources said.

According to statistics by the Justice Ministry, some 120,000 foreign nationals aged 6-14 have registered as residents of Japan.

The education ministry's school statistics, surveys by schools and other data have not grasped the situation on school attendance of some 18,000 such children.

While compulsory education covers all citizens under the constitution, foreigners are excluded and programs to accept foreign students differ among local governments.

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