ESL 0405 (W2) Summary-Response #1
10 March, 2014
Summary-Response of “Japanese Managers Tell Employees to Learn English” In the article “Japanese Managers Tell Employees to Learn English”, the author, Klaus Rosmanitz mentions the situation that Japanese employees are told to learn English as much as possible due to the decline of Japanese economy. Rosmanitz takes Rakuten as an example. The Boss of Rakuten gives out an order that the company requires its employees to learn English to a certain level. Rakuten has expended into 10 additional countries since the project was introduced and in its plan, it will expend to more countries and boost its overseas sales. At the beginning, the company didn’t help its employee to learn English. But after the company found the unsatisfactory scores, they started to hold classes. Rosmanitz also mentioned the good result in Rakuten that most of the meetings are held in English and emails, presentations are all in English. But, many critics said that the project is humiliating for Japanese. Romanitz shows that Japanese result in international tests are far from encouraging. I should show my agreement to the author because he is critical. In my own opinion, I think it is really a good decision for people to learn English since English has become more popular all around the world. Facing the serious situation of the decline of economy, companies in Japan has been challenged. I think let employees learn English will be somewhat helpful. It will improve the quality of employees. And it will not only alleviate the decline of economy, develop the company, but also make Japanese people international. As for them critics, they’ve come up with a true problem that it is humiliating for Japanese workers to speak English. I think companies like Rakuten maybe overdo this. If they abandoned their own culture, they would still in trouble. But all in all, Japanese are doing their work to make their country stronger. We...
Cited: Klaus Rosmanitz, “Japanese manages tell employees to learn English.”
25 February 2014.
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