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May 30, 2006

English Opponent States Case

(Japan) Keio University's Prof. Yukio Otsu stated recently that "Introducing English education at the primary school level won't produce positive results, no matter how many resources we secure for it. It's a knee-jerk reaction to push for this just because our neighboring countries are already doing so." Otsu, a psycholinguist, editor and author, believes that while parents may have great expectations for their children, many parents do not understand clearly what making English mandatory would mean. Otsu also stated "It's crucial that children first establish a firm foundation in Japanese as their mother tongue and learn its structure."
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