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October 15, 2010

Education minister backs English teaching in Japan, claims primary teachers ready for 2011

Yoshiaki-Takaki.jpg The Japan Times reported on Wednesday that Education minister Yoshiaki Takaki (pictured left) has stressed the importance of learning foreign languages and developing an interest in the cultures of foreign countries. "Since we are living in a globalized society, I am keenly aware of the necessity of children acquiring the ability to communicate in foreign languages," Takaki commented in an interview last week

In April 2011, all elementary schools will introduce English lessons for fifth- and sixth-graders. Takaki said teachers are prepared for the lessons and that he is confident the new policy won't lead to significant problems.

Reported by: Russell Willis

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