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October 26, 2006

New Chiba School to Attract Foreign Businesses

A new international school is slated to open in Chiba city's Makuhari area, in the spring of 2008. This school will be truly unique in Japan. Not only will it boast a curriculum taught entirely in English (save of course for Japanese language classes), but the curriculum will also be given approval by the central Japanese government.

Chiba city is a special education "de-regulation" zone. This means that the new school will be approved as a regular school - the first international school in the country to be treated as such. Previously, international schools went unrecognized, as their curriculum did not meet official government standards.

The international school will hope to attract Japanese students who were brought up overseas into their program. By doing so, the prefecture hopes to grow the number of foreign companies establishing headquarters in the area. As of now, the number of foreign companies based in Chiba amounts to just 60, while Tokyo on the other hand has some 2,600.

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