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September 22, 2005

Speaking English With a Silver Tongue

The recent "Respect for the Elderly Day" national holiday saw a group of older Japanese taking part in an English speech contest in Kobe, according to the Kobe Shimbun. Participants, all of whom were over 60, spoke passionately and eloquently on the theme of "Japan's Past, Present and Future." They shared the experiences of their youth or offered advice for the younger generations. Sponsored by Kobe Sophia Silver Class, which is part of the same non-government organization as the Kobe Sophia English School, the event has taken place on the holiday every year since 1983. The organization, which is open to anyone over the age of 60, facilitates cultural exchanges between elderly people in Japan and several English-speaking countries. It also publishes a general introduction to English conversation for its over 2,000 members.
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