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May 20, 2002

Japanese Don't Deserve Bad Language Rep

In a recent interview with the Nikkei Weekly, Sanno Institute of Management professor Kaoru Kobayashi claimed that Japanese managers are making a more concerted effort to study English, in order to be able to fully function in an increasingly global workplace. He insists that the low level of English ability even among university graduates is due to insufficient hours spent on language study over the course of their education, rather than an innate inability to master the language. With continued, intensive study, making full use of one's business experience, Kobayashi believes that Japanese managers could be fluent in English and playing an active role in international business in five years.

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