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The importance of speaking English

This article argues that the ability to speak English brings chances of better jobs and social status, and opens up access to information, for Cambodians. It also looks at the recent boom in private universities where English is an essential … Continue reading

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Rakuten’s all-English edict a bold move, but risky too

Internet shopping mall operator Rakuten Inc. surprised the public by announcing early this year it will make English its official language by 2012. All internal meetings will be in English whether foreigners are present or not. Board meetings and weekly all-company … Continue reading

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Firms tie English to survival

The recent moves by up-and-coming companies such as Rakuten Inc. and Fast Retailing Co., who run Uniqlo, to adopt English as their official in-house language by 2012 reveal their resolve to compete globally to survive. This article look at the … Continue reading

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Make English a true multicultural language

On Aug. 15, 1808, the HMS Phaeton entered Japan’s southwestern territory without permission and unconditionally demanded food, fuel and water. The British warship was allowed to stay for three days before leaving Nagasaki, mainly due to the Japanese official translators … Continue reading

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Companies going all-out in English

Enhancing employee English-language skills has become a high-priority management challenge for Japanese corporations, regardless of their size and industry. This is especially true for companies whose survival hinges on developing new customers or clients in foreign markets. They are focusing … Continue reading

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Japanese companies planning to make English their official language

Rakuten, the Internet shopping company, have followed Fast Retailing, the operator of the Uniqlo clothing chain, in announcing that English will be their official in-house language from 2012. Some other large companies, such as Nissan, hold management meetings in English, but … Continue reading

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Nigeria counts cost of saving English

In a country of more than 250 ethnic groups, English is both a lingua franca and the official language of government and increasingly used in business and middle class homes. But it is widely believed that standards in English, as well … Continue reading

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