Japan Approves 1st English Textbooks for Primary School Kids

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Tokyo, March 26 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government said Tuesday that it has approved the first batch of English textbooks to be used at elementary schools in the country, from fiscal 2020.

The English textbooks were the first to undergo the government's quadrennial textbook-screening process.

The textbooks are designed to allow fifth- and sixth-graders to learn a total of 600 to 700 English words and develop hearing, reading and writing skills, as well as abilities to speak English in conversation and presentation.

A total of 164 textbooks for 11 elementary school subjects were submitted by publishers to the screening process, and all of them passed, including after revisions.

The average number of pages for the textbooks, excluding English ones, at the time of submission was 10.0 pct higher than that for the existing textbooks.

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