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An Education Ministry advisory panel is calling for increased Japanese-language study and reading opportunities for children, saying a good command of the language provides a solid platform for education and cultural literacy.

Submitted Monday, the Central Education Council’s interim report says it is necessary to improve and expand education in early childhood and at the elementary school level. It describes general education as “a key that allows children to live their lives independently with respect for different lifestyles and a sense of the value of others.”

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