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January 05, 2005

Govt. to Allow Vacationing Students to Teach

Japan plans to promote international grass-roots exchanges by allowing foreign university students on vacation to serve as language teachers for courses sponsored by local governments, Justice Ministry officials said Monday. New immigration rules that will allow such foreign students to receive payments will be implemented as early as February, paving the way for them to teach classes for elementary, junior high and high school students as paid instructors, they said.

Students visiting Japan are currently classified as short-term visitors, and are not allowed to receive compensation for labor. The new system will enable students to stay for up to three months to take part in local communities' international exchange programs, including foreign-language courses. The town of Ono in Fukushima Prefecture intends to invite students from the United States to teach English to primary school students. (Kyodo News)

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