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Diet group compiles bill to promote Japanese education for foreign nationals

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Women study Japanese at a class for foreigners in Toyohashi, Aichi, in November.

The Yomiuri Shimbun A suprapartisan group of Diet members has compiled a bill aimed at fostering Japanese education for foreign nationals, putting forward a policy stating that three sectors — the central government, local governments and the private sector — should each be responsible for promoting Japanese education.

As the central government plans to accept more foreign workers from April, the group, chaired by former Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura, plans to submit the bill to the ordinary Diet session next year as legislation sponsored by Diet members.

The bill stipulates three measures to be taken by the central government: to devise a basic plan aimed at fostering Japanese education; to establish a council that promotes cooperation between related ministries and agencies; and to introduce a certification system for Japanese teachers to raise the level of Japanese education.

The central government should also provide assistance for Japanese education conducted in foreign countries, the bill stated.

The bill requires local governments, the main administrative bodies when it comes to accepting foreign nationals, to compile a basic policy that reflects the circumstances of their area.

For the entities that hire foreign nationals, the bill stipulates that they should make efforts to assist in Japanese education for the workers and their families.Speech

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