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Gov’t considering offering English education through homestays on U.S. bases in Okinawa

  • March 12, 2022
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , p. 2
  • JMH Translation

By Anri Yosuke

 

TOKYO – The government is considering implementing a homestay program in which students would stay with the families of U.S. military members and other foreign nationals living inside and outside of U.S. military bases, it was learned on March 10. The plan is part of measures to develop human resources, a new non-binding obligation stipulated in a bill to revise the Act on Special Measures for the Promotion and Development of Okinawa adopted by the government at a plenary session of the House of Representatives.

 

The plan was disclosed by Okinawa Affairs Minister Nishime Kosaburo when he answered a question raised by Miyazaki Masahisa of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) during a meeting of the Special Committee on Okinawa and Northern Problems in the House of Representatives on March 9.

 

Miyazaki said, “There are many families of foreign nationals living on and off base in Okinawa.” He also proposed a measure to enable elementary and junior high school students in Okinawa to stay with these families at public expense as part of the goal of “improving education to nurture diverse human resources” stipulated in the amendment bill. Nishime said, “Promoting English education is meaningful.” He also said he will look into the issue as a specific strategy in the priority areas set for the government’s strategy of building a strong economy in Okinawa to be compiled in May. (Abridged)

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