UPDATE1: Many municipalities in Japan say foreign students need language aid

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11:34 27 August 2016

TOKYO, Aug. 27, Kyodo

Many municipalities in Japan are struggling to deal with foreign students who are learning at local public schools but cannot understand the Japanese language fully or at all, a Kyodo News survey showed Saturday.

In the questionnaire survey conducted on the issues facing foreign children based in Japan in which 1,612 municipalities responded, 46 percent said that learning the Japanese language and other subjects, which are taught in Japanese, is a challenge for the foreign students.

The municipalities that responded represented 93 percent of all towns, villages and cities in the country.

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