The “English Crisis” in Japan

Publish Date:  September 22, 2011


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 my hobby,” one 40-something man says, opening his mouth widely around the English words …


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