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September 28, 2005

More Than Half Of Startups Have No English Web Sites: Poll

Among emerging firms in which foreigners hold stakes exceeding 10%, only about 48% offer English-language versions of their Web sites, according to a survey released earlier this month by translation services firm Simul International Inc. Of the 158 companies that are listed on the three exchanges for startups and are at least 10%-owned by overseas investors, just 76 have English sites. And even among these sites, grammatical and spelling errors were found in about 68% and 59% of them. Only 11 use high-quality English on their Web sites, including Arrk Corp., Riso Kagaku Corp. and Livedoor Co., the survey found. Even in its survey covering Nikkei Stock Average component firms last November, some 37% and 49% of sites were found to have grammatical and spelling errors, according to Simul. (From The Nihon Keizai Shimbun)
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