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July 07, 2004

Matsuoka Creating Ace Students

A Japan Today profile of former top tennis player Shuzo Matsuoka (36) tells how he teaches young kids to play the sport using English. He hopes to help the children break down the cultural and language barriers that prevent many Japanese from reaching the top at an international level (Matsuoka himself reached No.46 in the world). He explains, "Their English doesn't have to be perfect. I want them to realize that making mistakes isn't anything to be ashamed of. I want them to be more confident about the power of passion hidden inside them."
Matsuoka serves a few aces at Japan's cultural barriers

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