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What better way to start the morning than with a plate of eggs Benedict — made from organic eggs, of course — a cup of coffee and a copy of the new Japan Times/International New York Times?

To commemorate the start of its tie-up with New York’s best-known newspaper, The Japan Times on Saturday began offering a series of tailor-made “morning English seminars” in Tokyo designed to help students of English use the daily to improve their language skills.

Dubbed Asa Eigo no Kai, the seminars are available on request to groups of 10 or more who gather at Eggcellent Cafe, a new diner specializing in breakfasts in Roppongi Hills.

The seminars will be led by professional English instructors from the group known as Nihon Zenkoku Perapera-ka Keikaku (fluency for all of Japan plan).

On Saturday, a special launch event was held for around 40 guests. Yuichi Sekiguchi of Perapera-ka Keikaku explained that a newspaper is “the best tool” for studying English because it offers a diversity of articles catering to different tastes. And, because it is delivered daily, reading it quickly becomes a habit rather than a chore.

He then led a discussion focusing on an article from Saturday’s paper about Diet member Taro Yamamoto, asking questions and prompting participants to discuss it in English among themselves.

Groups of 10 or more are invited to take advantage of this new morning service until year-end. The Japan Times will provide instructors and copies of the newspaper free of charge; Eggcellent Cafe will offer a special eggs Benedict and salad breakfast at a discount of ¥500 per person.

Those interested, including individuals, can try out one of the several trial seminars, which feature free breakfast, that will be held in the next few weeks.

Similar seminars can be arranged for companies and at other venues. For further details see jtimes.jp/asaeigo

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