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April 14, 2004

English Essential for Job Hunters

Yesterday's Daily Yomiuri carried an article on the importance of English skill for Japanese job seekers and new employees. The article reported on the views expressed at a recent forum by managers responsible for hiring new recruits at major firms such as Fujitsu, Itochu, Sony and Nissan. Of the 160,000 employees at Sony, for example, only a third are Japanese, meaning that English is indispensable for intra-company communication. Many companies have set the bar high for employees - the average TOEIC score of new hires at Itochu last year was 662 points. After undergoing a compulsory six-month training course before becoming fully fledged employees, that average increased to 738 points.
Attention workers: Executives say English essential to your careers (link will expire)

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