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Public schools are accommodating an unprecedented number of foreign students struggling to learn Japanese, while nearly 30,000 of them have been found to require constant help in learning the language, an education ministry survey showed Friday.

Publicly run elementary, junior high and high schools nationwide reported a record 28,575 students who they thought need to learn Japanese to keep up with classes or communicate in daily life as of last September, up 13 percent from a year earlier, according to the survey results.

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