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November 04, 2004

Jumping Through Hoops

The use of a hula hoop as a prop helped Satoo Nakai win a recent English speech contest sponsored by the Nikkei Shimbun. The second annual Business English-Language Show & Tell Presentation Contest for non-native speakers was held on October 23 at Nikkei Hall in central Tokyo. It was sponsored by several organizations, including Sony, STEP and Northwest Airlines. An employee at a shipbuilder, Nakai explained how his professor at an MBA school in the U.S. had students use such a hoop in an exercise to explain cooperation and win-win situations. Other winners among the 13 participants included a translator who explained how employees at his company are given "otedama" bean bags, with which they juggle to brainstorm and relieve stress.

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