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Business executives and academic leaders announced Sept. 3 the launch of a unique foundation with the aim of teaching bashful Japanese individuals how to effectively express themselves.

Officially licensed by the Education Ministry on July 8, the International Performance Education Foundation plans to promote better communication and presentation skills to Japanese, who are often weak in that area, especially in the international arena, they said. “For businessmen who are active abroad, good communication, presentation and debating skills are indispensable,” said Shizuo Morioka, who is president of both the foundation and Yamanouchi Pharmaceutical Co. “We want our organization to be a base from which we can promote sound performance skills to society.”

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