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August 29, 2002

More Money For English Education

The education ministry yesterday submitted a budget request of slightly more than 7 trillion yen for fiscal 2003, an increase of 6.7% from last year. The budget includes an eight-fold increase in funds for English education, bringing that amount to almost 2.5 billion yen. "We want to improve the current English education by providing more money," said ministry budget spokesman Yasutaka Moriguchi. He said the extra funds would be used for intensive retraining programs fo the nation's 60,000 junior and senior high school English teachers, and include funds to increase the number of Super English Language High Schools from 16 to 58.

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