September 25, 2011

GLOBALIZATION IS ANGLOFICATION:

Some Japanese Industries Now Requiring English for Job Seekers (Kay Aviles, September 24, 2011, IBT)

Japan is the world's third largest economy and a major export powerhouse. It requires six years of studying English courses in primary and secondary schools. But despite these, its English proficiency is lagging behind Asian countries.

In last year's English proficiency test TOEFL iBT, the island ranked 27th, after Mongolia and Turkmenistan. Recruit Agent told Reuters only nine percent of 1,156 surveyed white-collar workers are literate in English.

Driven by fear of losing their jobs or pressure from finding one, Japanese include English classes as among their expenditures. Last year, English institutes earned $9.8 billion according to data gathered from Yano Institute of Research. It is also expected to increase by 1.8 per cent this year.

"This is just the start of Japan's real globalization. Everyone is feeling that they will see a 'No English-No Job' situation," Reuters quoted Kenki Kamiyama, president of Gaba, an English language institute in Japan.


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