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August 06, 2002

English in the Business Front Line

A recent seminar organized by the Japan Association for the Promotion of Foreign Language Education was attended by some 100 participants, including businesspeople, students and representatives of foreign language schools. The seminar's theme was "What Kind of English Ability Is Needed at the Business Front Line?" Echoing the opinions of many participants in his keynote address, Masumi Muramatsu, a veteran simultaneous interpreter, emphasized the ability to make enjoyable conversation rather than worrying about good pronunciation.

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