Japanese CEOs learn Globish to expand Overseas

Oki Matsumoto, chief executive officer of online trader Monex Group Inc. and a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. partner, has a solution to the stagnant economy: Learn “globish.” Matsumoto holds regular parties at the Tokyo-based company where employees must speak globish, or global English, a language for nonnative speakers using basic grammar and a vocabulary of 1,500 words.

Fast Retailing Co. and Rakuten Inc. are also promoting English to help employees communicate with international partners and expand overseas. “My English is totally globish,” Matsumoto wrote on his blog July 1. “I don’t feel any inconvenience in speaking with various people from around the world, even if my pronunciation has a Japanese accent.” Japan Retail News, September 16, 2010. Read the whole article…

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