I would like to comment on the July 14 editorial “More people studying Japanese.” Around the world more people are studying the Japanese language for various reasons, which is good news for us Japanese. And I fully support proposals to encourage Japanese-language teachers and Japanese students to study foreign languages harder. But I would like to point out that people are studying Japanese harder than ever right here in Japan today.

The number of foreigners in Japan is 1.7 percent of Japan’s total population. In our city, Hadano (Kanagawa Pref.), they are 2.0 percent of the population. We have workers from China, Brazil, Peru, Vietnam, the Philippines and many other countries.

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