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Tokyo Metropolitan Area to Establish "English Village"

posted on by Chris Nishijima
Official area to be created to simulate study abroad experience

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced that as of the 21st of this month, they have solidified the decision to establish an "English Village" in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area. Oriented primarily at the objective of providing primary, middle, and high schoolers with a more international educational experience, the administration behind the project are hoping to open the village in and around the time of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympics.

The village, which will be established in a waterfront area near the Olympic Village, will be maintained in which English is designated as the official language. It will not only include academic institutions, but numerous shops and other establishments for entertainment and recreation, including theaters, restaurants, and areas to play sports. All of the aforementioned establishments are to be staffed by foreigners from English speaking countries, including members of the Japan International Cooperation Agency and Japan Exchange and Teaching Program.

The administrators of the area hope make the village into a unique location wherein students may experience firsthand what it is like to study abroad in an English-speaking country without having to leave Japan. While it will primarily be targeted towards students, the village will be open to the public once the 2020 Olympic Games have concluded.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government hopes to open parts of the village as early as 2017 or 2018.

[Via Otakomu and Nihon Keizai Shimbun; cover image of Olympic Village from official Tokyo 2020]

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