Japan Enacts Law for Better Language Education for Foreigners

Politics Society

Tokyo, June 21 (Jiji Press)--The House of Councillors on Friday passed into law a bill for better Japanese-language education for foreigners living in Japan.

Foreign residents should be given full opportunities to study Japanese if they want, in accordance with their situations and abilities, the bill says.

The central and local governments will be required to take necessary steps to improve Japanese-language education for foreigners.

The bill also says employers of foreign workers are responsible for making more effort to provide them with greater opportunities to study Japanese.

Japan had 2.73 million foreign residents at the end of 2018. The number is expected to increase after the country introduced new visa categories for foreign workers in April in the hope of easing labor shortages in many industry sectors.

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