This website offers multilingual documentation support to facilitate communication between schools and parents from foreign backgrounds

When families emigrate, it is primarily the children who experience the difficulties of being schooled in a foreign language.

Currently in Japan, the number of students from foreign backgrounds surpasses 70,000. As of September 1st 2008, there are at least 28,500 students who are in need of Japanese language instruction which, based on the survey of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, is a 12.5% increase from the previous year.

Language support programs which send interpreters and bilingual instructors to help students are available but have not been satisfactory due to shortages in human and financial resources. In particular, there are many communication difficulties between Japanese schools and parents from foreign backgrounds.

This project’s aim is to provide a system that enables all users throughout Japan, to share various school documents, mostly translated in cities where large international population resides, for example, Explanations on the Japanese School System, Information from the school, Vocabulary and Required school materials etc.

It is hoped that this system will reduce the workload of the bilingual instructors allowing them more time to concentrate on the practical aspects of the student’s education rather than be caught up in time consuming translations of routine documents.