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Japan Reverses Western Name Order

On January 1, 2020, the western format of given name followed by family name will officially change in Japan. On governmental documents and websites Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will become known as ABE Shinzo—capitalization of the family name is also recommended—and other public figures will be expected to do the same. There is no obligation…


Japan Takes Responsibility for Language

Japan’s parliament, the Diet, has responded to the steady growth of foreign residents by passing a law making the government responsible for Japanese-language education. The legislation is seen as a step in the right direction to help municipalities take action to teach the language to foreign residents. New resident visas were introduced in April to…