In a world where many people speak Mandarin Chinese, where the majority of Japanese-speaking people speak Japanese as a second language, and where many Japanese-language schools offer English-language courses, there are some Japanese language school options for students who can only speak English.

But there are also some that are more focused on the language of instruction and that may be better suited for a child whose first language isn’t English.

We spoke to two language school alumni, who are now both in their 30s and live in Tokyo, to find out which Japanese language language schools offer the best options for children who can speak English and which ones offer the least.

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