Japan May Require Foreign Residents to Know Japanese

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Wed Jan 16 01:28:17 UTC 2008

Forwarded From edling at lists.sis.utsa.edu


Japan May Require Foreign Residents to Know Japanese

Japan may consider requiring long- term resident foreigners to have
local language ability, Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura said today,
without saying to what degree the language would have to be learned.
Komura said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Justice
plan to start discussing the possible requirement. Komura didn't say
when the meeting would take place or provide further details on which
residents might be affected.

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