Tokyo foreigners to get 57 million yen in new services

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government decided Jan. 7 to allocate 57 million yen in the next fiscal year for new measures for long-term foreign residents, government sources said.The budget includes 19 million yen to create labor counseling windows in English and Chinese and 30 million yen to start an FM radio information program for foreign residents, they said. The labor counseling windows will be set up at the Labor Square building in the Hacchobori district of Chiyoda Ward. English-speaking labor advisers will be available Monday through Friday, and Chinese-speaking advisers will offer help two days a week, the sources said.The government also plans to begin in the next fiscal year dispatching interpreters of other languages, such as Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Thai and Persian, for labor counseling, they said. The government also plans to launch a multilingual information program for foreigners on InterFM, stationed in Minato Ward. The 3-minute program will be aired Monday through Friday in English, Chinese, Korean, French and Spanish, the sources said.From the 57 million yen budget, the metropolitan government also plans to allocate 8 million yen for a planning council consisting of foreign residents in Tokyo, which is to be established in the next fiscal year.