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October 04, 2010

Roundup: Sendai Expo, Holiday English, Changes at OUP, Pearson and Kirihara

The Sendai ETJ Expo was deemed a great success with just under 100 people attending the one-day event, in line with attendances in previous years. The next Expo is in Nagoya this coming Sunday with an expected attendance of around 200 people.

The wonderful What Japan Thinks blog reports on the moments whilst on holiday that Japanese people wish they had studied more English.

Paul Riley, until recently president of Oxford University Press in Japan, has become ELT Development Director for Asia with a wide remit that includes developing OUPs activities in China. Paul will continue to be based in Japan but will be collecting a lot of air miles. Former finance director of OUP Japan Kiyokazu Nakamura has been appointed president of OUP's Japan office. Congratulations to both Paul and Kazu.

Pearson Education Japan (Longman) and Kirihara Shoten finally become as one on August 31st nearly a decade after Pearson took a controlling stake in the Japanese company. The new fully-merged company is now known as Pearson Kirihara K.K, although the brand for ELT is still Pearson Longman. Speaking of Pearson, the Japan office recently completed a successful deployment of the industry-standard Bookmaster software that handles inventory, billing, payments, distribution etc. Such deployments are akin to deploying SAP or other ERP systems in large organizations and are not for the faint-hearted. A deployment gone wrong in Spain apparently nearly forced a large publisher's local office out of business, so kudos to Pearson Kirihara president Brendan Delahunty and his team on executing such a smooth implementation.

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