Rakuten Inc. CEO Hiroshi Mikitani is happy with the improvement of his workers’ English proficiency and all employees understand its importance as the company expands globally, he said Friday.

Rakuten will mark the formal beginning of what it calls the “Englishnization” project Sunday. Employees will be required to speak English during all internal meetings and draft all internal documents in the language. The preparation period started in May 2010.

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