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December 05, 2003

Japan Speaks to the World - in English

The Japan Center for International Communications (JCIC) has launched a portal site linking people worldwide to various web sites where Japanese companies and organizations express their opinions in English. On the top page of JCIC's web site, called Japan Information Network (JIN), are three gateway buttons -- Opinion, JIN Facts and Business. The Opinion section displays links to web sites divided into seven categories, such as nonprofit and other independent organizations, think tanks, academia and student groups. In 1995, the JCIC started an English-language web site about Japan, receiving more than 200 million hits a year mainly from U.S. educational institutions. Masamichi Hanabusa, chairman of the English-Speaking Union of Japan, who helped upgrade the web site, said, "We want to change the current situation in which overseas people have few opportunities to hear Japanese opinions, as well as provide a venue for young people to send messages in English worldwide." (From the Nikkei Keizai Shimbun)
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