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May 18, 2004

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US military newspaper Stars and Stripes reported Sunday on the issue of residents at military bases having Japanese English-language students spend the night as part of a home-stay immersion. Policies vary from base to base in Japan, but the ambiguity of the matter was first raised a month ago when Yokosuka Naval Base commander announced that the common practice would no longer be allowed. Many base residents, who supplement their income by teaching privately, were thrown by the announcement. The base's legal affairs office sought to clarify the issue in a letter, saying, "English teachers, whether privately employed or self-employed are not authorized to have students stay overnight … or to charge their students or anyone else for staying overnight in government quarters." The home-stay practice has used by brokering businesses who offer Japanese students a chance to experience US culture. One quoted in the article said they have rewritten contracts to say students are allowed to pay only for actual lessons and meals to comply with the new rules.
Yokosuka rules ban overnight stays on base for Japanese students learning U.S. culture

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