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Common Japanese Language Test Eyed for New Resident Status

Common Japanese Language Test Eyed for New Resident Status

   Tokyo, Dec. 1 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is mulling introducing a common Japanese language test for applicants for one of two new types of resident status for foreign workers, it was learned Saturday.
   The Foreign Ministry and the Japan Foundation, an independent administrative agency, are making necessary preparations, informed sources said.
   Of the new resident status, type one will be granted to foreigners with certain professional skills and type two to those with higher skills. The government aims to introduce the new resident status in April next year.
   The planned language test will be for the type one category, the sources said. To pass the test, applicants need to have Japanese language skills enough for daily lives, according to the sources.
   The language proficiency test will likely start in April 2019 at the earliest and will be conducted up to about six times a year, mainly in Southeast Asian nations from which Japan has accepted a number of people under its existing on-the-job training program for foreigners, the sources said.

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