Photo/IllutrationForeign students practice speaking Japanese with their teacher, center, in a class at a Japanese language school in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

The government is crafting a series of measures aimed at realizing an inclusive society where non-Japanese can feel more secure in their language studies and daily lives.

In accordance with an expansion of the scope of foreign workers allowed into Japan, the measures will focus on enhancing oversight of Japanese-language schools, streamlining the system for foreigners to secure homes and increasing multilingual support for administrative services, according to sources.

The government, which is scheduled to finalize the measures by year-end, hopes to realize a more favorable environment not only for non-Japanese coming to Japan under the new "specified skills" visa, but also for technical interns and the ballooning number of foreign students.

One of the main pillars of the measures is to raise the standard of Japanese-language schools, as no particular government agency currently oversees their operation.

Rather, such schools are checked simply in terms of the number of annual classes that they offer. As a result, academic standards at the schools vary and some schools are also exploited as loopholes, allowing foreign students to work in Japan on the pretext of studying abroad, resulting in many of them going missing.

To boost the education standard of such schools, the measures will require that the facilities submit records of the achievements of all enrolled foreign students, such as passing the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test.

If a school's achievements are considered low, a new agency, expected to take over the tasks now handled by the Justice Ministry’s Immigration Bureau, will investigate them.

In terms of housing, many foreigners have difficulty securing a rental contract because they are unable to find a guarantor.

In light of such cases, the new measures will encourage non-Japanese to use a housing safety net system whereby private companies registered with the government will serve as a joint guarantor for housing rental contracts.

The measures will also enhance multilingual services at consultation offices expected to be set up at about 100 locations across Japan, as well as for written tests for driver's licenses and at Hello Work job placement centers.