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January 14, 2005

Talking to Shane

Japan Today's latest "executive impact" feature is on Shane Lipscombe, Chief Executive of Shane English Schools and Saxoncourt. With over 200 schools in Japan, largely centered around Tokyo but recently expanding nationwide, Shane is one of the country's biggest chains of English schools. There are also over 50 schools teaching 60,000 students in Asia and around the world. And like many success stories, it had humble beginnings, in this case the kitchen of Lipscombe's apartment in Chiba prefecture more than 20 years ago. Saxoncourt is a holding company that also publishes books, carries out teacher training, teacher recruitment, children's examinations and sells these products to other schools, including Shane's competitors.
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