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February 17, 2005

Companies In Pursuit of English

Yesterday's Daily Yomiuri carried the ninth in its series, "In Pursuit of English." The latest topic is Japanese companies that have made English the lingua franca for in-house communications. An example is Sumida Corporation, a manufacturer of coils, that gives its employees English nicknames and requires them to use English in any meetings where a non-Japanese is present. The firm also employs non-Japanese in its company cafeteria to give employees a chance to speak English. The article also looks at the company's policy regarding targets that it sets for workers' TOEIC scores.
Firms making English office lingua franca (link will expire)

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