In an unprecedented move to raise the level of English education at public schools, the Tokyo Board of Education is planning to require that all young English teachers at its junior and high schools study and live in English-speaking countries for three months.

The ¥600-million-a-year project is aimed at not only upgrading the skills of the teachers but also fostering an understanding of different cultures and lifestyles, said Keiko Kumagai, a manager in the board of education’s guidance department.

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