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May 23, 2005

Eikaiwas Helping Support Metropolis

English schools are one of the few growth businesses in the Tokyo metropolitan area. There has been a decline in the number of businesses operating in the metropolis, falling to the same level it was at 30 years ago. A survey carried out last June showed a drop in the number of small and one-man businesses of 6.5% from 2001, continuing a declining pattern seen since the number peaked in 1986. manufacturers and small retailers saw a broad decrease in numbers and the only growth areas were medical & welfare facilities (up 5%) and education-related businesses, which were up by 1.2% to almost 16,000. The majority of the growth in this area is new English conversation schools.

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