First of two parts

To continue or not continue? That seems to be the question facing a good 10 percent of the Japanese population. These are people grappling with the horns of an ornery dilemma.

Yes, an estimated 1 in 10 Japanese of school age and above are said to be immersing themselves in the study of the English language. Well, "immersing themselves" might not be an apt turn of phrase, seeing as the figure encompasses everyone from those who have plunged headlong into the linguistic ocean to those who sit lazily on the pier wiggling a few toes in the water.