• Yokohama, Kanagawa

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I applaud T. Mamoru Hanami’s March 28 letter, “Can’t beat immersion option,” for pointing out that many of the students he meets from English-language institutes in Japan “are being robbed blind. Their English is horrendous and I think they know that, too.”

His remark is a very relevant observation about the current English-learning environment in Japan. As it is with sociological issues such as racism and drunk driving, just because everyone is consciously aware of the problem doesn’t change the situation. Japanese people have to acknowledge loud and clear the pathetic state of their English ability.

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