(11 Apr 2019) With the revised Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law having come into effect on April 1, libraries as local cultural bases for foreign residents are being promoted to encourage them to learn Japanese.
As of January this year, Tokyo had about 550,000 foreign residents, or about 20 percent of all foreigners living in the entire country.
It has been pointed out that the concentration of foreigners in Tokyo, where salaries are generally higher than in rural areas, will accelerate with the revised law permitting more foreign workers coming into effect. In response, libraries in Tokyo are improving their services for foreigners.
Read more from the Japan News here.