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The government said Tuesday it will help foreign residents master the Japanese language to improve their quality of life.

“Foreign residents in Japan have difficulties in finding jobs due to their insufficient language capabilities, and more people have faced hardships in their lives,” a guideline compiled by a Cabinet Office panel says.

As solutions, the panel proposed improving the quality of Japanese-language teachers and providing vocational training in line with residents’ language capabilities.

It called for continued provision of multiple-language counseling and information services for foreign residents in the pension and medical fields.

Based on the guideline, ministries and agencies will compile their own action programs during the current fiscal year through next March so they can be implemented sometime around 2012, officials said.

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