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April 20, 2010

The government draws up guidelines for teaching Japanese to foreign residents


The Cultural Affairs Council has drawn up guidelines for teaching Japanese to foreign residents. These official guidelines, which are the first of their kind, have been drafted in response to the growth in the number of foreign residents in Japan. The government believes that residents should be given more encouragement to learn the Japanese language. The Japan Times reports: 'Many government officials who deal with language education believe it would be desirable for at least 1 million of the foreign residents to learn Japanese so they can live their lives smoothly.'

The guidelines contains lists of words and phrases that foreign residents need to know. These are divided into ten categories, including health care, travel and shopping. There are 48 subdivisions that deal with practical everyday situations.

Click here to see the complete list of words and phrases (in Japanese). Click here to see the overall curriculum (in Japanese).

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