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October 27, 2003

Education Minister to Address JALT Conference

Education, Science and Technology Minister Takeo Kawamura will be one of several prominent presenters at the forthcoming annual JALT conference. The recently appointed minister will speak at an open forum about reforms in the national English language education system. Other speakers at the forum, to be held in Japanese and free of charge on the morning of Nov. 23, include Yasushi Akashi, former U.N. undersecretary general, Kiichi Mutsuhata, president of the Japan Society of English Language Education, and Mamoru Morizumi, vice president of the Japan Association of College English Teachers. The forum wil provide simultaneous translation between Japanese and English. An afternoon forum in English, for which there is a charge of ¥5,000, will feature five speakers, including Kensaku Yoshida of Sophia University and JALT President James Swan of Nara University. The annual conference will be held at the Granship center in Shizuoka Nov. 21-24.
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