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Japanese-language Proficiency Requirements for Foreigners

Kjeld Duits, Wednesday, February 20, 2008 Posted: 10:44 AM JST

The Japanese government is considering to require foreigners who want to work in Japan to have proficiency in Japanese before they enter Japan. This is imminent. Officials aim to reach a tentative conclusion by the end of March. During a press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan on February 12, Deputy Press Secretary Tomohiko Taniguchi answered questions about this contentious new initiative.


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