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September 28, 2006

English in Elementary School: Unnecessary

Bunmei Ibuki, Japan's new Education Minister, has been quoted as saying that mandatory English education is not necessary at the elementary school level in Japan. "There is no use studying English unless children speak beautiful Japanese", he noted. He went on to say that, "Those who want to study English from elementary level [sic] can do so individually. I believe (elementary) schools only have to make children develop an interest in foreign countries."

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