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The “English Crisis” in Japan

The “English Crisis” in Japan

Publish Date:  September 22, 2011 Source:  Reuters.com Author:  Mariko Katsumura It’s eight in the morning in a Tokyo office building, and a dozen middle-aged Japanese businessmen sit inside small booths, sweating as they try to talk English to the instructors in front of them. “I hope my wife will understand […]

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Rakuten forges ahead in English

Rakuten forges ahead in English

Publish Date:  May 23, 2015 Source:  The Japan Times E-commerce giant Rakuten has managed to do what the educational system apparently can’t — get Japanese people to speak English competently. After years of Rakuten building the English level of its employees, Chief Executive Officer Hiroshi Mikitani noted recently that the effort […]

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Japan Is Going English

Japan Is Going English

Publish Date:  July 2, 2015 Source:  LinkedIn Author:  Hiroshi Mikitani Learning English is a challenge for a Japanese company, but one I am committed to, not just for myself, but for a larger goal. Englishnization is, in my opinion, not just a strategy for Rakuten, but a global strategy for Japan. […]

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