10,000 foreign children in Japan with unknown school status

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Tokyo, March 25 (Jiji Press) — A total of 10,046 foreign children eligible for primary or secondary education in Japan were not or may have been out of school as of May last year, revealed Friday. a survey by the Ministry of Education.

These children represented 7.5% of the total 133,310 eligible foreign children living in Japan.

The total number of foreign children who were or could have been out of school fell by 9,425, or 48.4%, from the previous survey in fiscal year 2019.

The drop came after many local governments began compiling lists of foreign children’s names and their school attendance status and providing guides to starting school to affected households, ministry officials said.

The latest survey covered 1,741 municipalities across Japan. Children of non-Japanese nationality are not subject to compulsory education in the country.

[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]

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