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A council of 28 municipalities with large numbers of Japanese-Brazilian and other foreign residents asked the education ministry Tuesday to create a government agency charged with integrating policies on such residents.

Measures should be worked out to help foreign residents who have lost jobs, including enhancing education for their children by providing financial aid to the public schools they attend, according to the requests. An increasing number of foreigners are choosing to stay in Japan after losing jobs amid the recession.

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