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May 23, 2006

English Advocate States Case

(Japan) Mineo Nakajima, 69, the President of Akita International University, is a firm advocate of English being taught in primary schools. Nakajima also serves as chairman of the Central Council on Education's sub-committee, which proposes that English should be made mandatory at primary school. According to Nakajima, "When it comes to cultivating aesthetic sentiments as well as language education, it's necessary to start when children still have a flexible brain. It's best to start teaching them English by age 9, but too late at middle school. Frankly, it's ideal to begin with preschoolers."
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