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July 12, 2005

Misawa First Aomori City to Become Special English Zone

The city of Misawa is the first in Aomori Prefecture to be granted special zone status related to English teaching. The city applied in May for government approval to introduce English conversation lessons into the elementary school curriculum, and was one of a total of 61applications, in various categories, approved by the Cabinet on Thursday. The city will introduce English at all elementary schools from next April. Students will have lessons once a week, or about 35 classroom hours of English per year.
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