Justice Ministry to Close Study Abroad Loophole For Foreign Students to Work

The Justice Ministry plans to tighten rules for running Japanese-language schools from October in a bid to close loopholes that allow foreign students to work in Japan based on the pretext of studying abroad.

As the number of overseas students in the country surges, the current system is thought to be allowing many students to become de facto migrant workers, and the ministry aims to make sure that all those who come are genuinely here to study.

The ministry plans to introduce a set of new standards, including obliging Japanese-language schools to provide classes throughout the year, to redress an imbalance that effectively permits students to work full time for extended periods once they have received the mandatory minimum number of hours’ tuition.


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